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Molly Ivins: The Best Little Whorehouse in Washington

Posted on May 8, 2006

By Molly Ivins

AUSTIN, Texas—Of course I am above sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. So serious a servant of the public interest am I, I can fogey with the best: On my better days, I make David Broder look like Page Six.

I don’t care what anyone smoked 20 years ago, I approve of those who boogie till they puke, and I don’t care who anyone in politics is screwing in private, as long as they’re not screwing the public.

On other hand, if you expect me to pass up a scandal involving poker, hookers and the Watergate building with crooked defense contractors and the No. 3 guy at the CIA, named Dusty Foggo (Dusty Foggo?! Be still my heart), you expect too much. Any journalist who claims Hookergate is not a legitimate scandal is dead—has been for some time and needs to be unplugged. In addition to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, Hookergate is rife with public-interest questions, misfeasance, malfeasance and non-feasance, and many splendid moral points for the children. Recommended for Sunday school use, grades seven and above.

But for starters, let us consider the unenviable record of Porter Goss at the CIA. From the beginning of his tenure, Goss has been criticized for politicizing the agency. He brought a bunch of political hacks with him for staff, one of whom turns out to be the poker player called “Nine Fingers.” And in the end, he was probably fired for not having politicized the agency sufficiently.

What is the point of politicizing an intelligence agency? So the CIA officials would get a report from some agent in Iraq saying, “Looks bad.” The first thing they’d ask was, “Is this agent a Republican or a Democrat?”

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Maybe there really are conservatives who believe everything in Iraq is hunky-dory and there’s a giant media conspiracy to hide the joyous tidings. But as you may recall, the ever-nimble minds at Donny Rumsfeld’s shop have already tried paying public relations people to invent good news about Iraq and then plant it in newspapers there—it didn’t work. In fact, it was so stupid it was humiliating. Fortunately, the Pentagon was once again able to investigate itself and determine it had done nothing illegal.

So now they’re turning the CIA over to a general who not only ran the warrantless wiretap program but still can’t figure out that it’s unconstitutional. Why do I get the feeling this is W. and Karl again flipping the finger at some grown-up they don’t like?

Gen. Michael Hayden had mixed reviews as director of the National Security Agency—he’s evidently not a good manager, which makes him a perfect Bushie. But is he straightforward enough to have admitted that some warrantless spying has been done for political reasons? None of the usual Washington insiders seems to have a bead on this. Hayden would theoretically report to John Negroponte, Bush’s supposed intelligence czar. Negroponte is widely considered worthless. His major achievement so far seems to be organizational charts and buying furniture.

You know me, no conspiracy theories here, but the Bush administration, which doesn’t seem to be able to run much, set out to retool the CIA after 9/11 and the Iraq war. Problem is, everything that worked at the CIA—that it warned about 9/11 and said the Iraq war was a bad idea—was on the hit list. The Bushies wanted to eliminate the people who were right and promote those who were wrong. This is no way to shape up an intelligence agency, not to mention the White House spit fit over Joe Wilson’s wife.

Next, we need to contemplate sincere, old-fashioned, non-ideological greed, theft and bribery. In the beginning, there was only Duke Cunningham, the high-living, fun-loving super-patriot congressman from San Diego. His yacht was called The Duke-Stir, and he had nice taste in 19th century French commodes. While we all are happy to see our elected representatives enjoying themselves in Washington, that’s real people’s money. Actually, the yacht and commode were paid for by defense contractor Brent Wilkes (keep an eye on that player). It was people’s money that paid for the defense contracts Wilkes allegedly bribed public officials into landing for his clients.

The former inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, Clark Kent Ervin—that would be the DHS equivalent of a police department’s internal affairs chief—tried to blow the whistle on shady contracts at DHS and instead was thrown overboard himself. Folks, we’ll never get government straightened out again if we don’t keep the IGs strong and independent.

If the Bush administration continues to fall apart at this clip, I think we’ll be grateful for incompetence as an excuse.

To find out more about Molly Ivins and see the work of other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate’s Web page at www.creators.com.


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By Marc Stratton, December 2, 2006 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment
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Molly Ivins is a favorite of mine—-has been for
  years, but why have you sent this famous but
  old comentary from 8 May 2006.  I remember reading it way back then in the PROGRESSIVE
  MAGAZINE.

  A sample of your quality links?  You surely
  have something more recent, no?

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By Play money poker sites reviews, December 2, 2006 at 9:39 am Link to this comment
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These lying scum will all walk—instead of frying—if we don’t replace the electronic-vote-stealing machines with:
Paper Ballots, Hand Counted.

Please inform your friends and get active in restoring the right to vote in this country.

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By ritzl, May 15, 2006 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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Go, Molly, Go!!!

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By Lynn Adajian, May 13, 2006 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment
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Nothing in this article is as shocking as a mother who would name her son “Ninefingers”.

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By blabbermouth, May 12, 2006 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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In paragraph six Molly calls the planted good news in the Iraqi papers humiliating.  Actually, I feel so humiliated by this administration that I was ashamed to let anyone know I was an American while on a trip to Italy a couple of years ago. With the latest revelation of the collection of phone records, it seems hopeless to fight.

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By floglo0, May 11, 2006 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment
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I have admired Molly Ivins for years and years. I wish someone in Washington would read what she says. Unnfortunately they don’t. Now her last column and the other material we are being permitted to see by our now dangerous government is making me afraid, very afraid.
Keep on telling it as it is, Molly

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By Mary, May 10, 2006 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment
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This administration has become an embarrassment for us all over the world.  Why would they bankrupt their own country with the tax cuts for the wealthy and no vetos from “W” to stem the out-of-control spending by congress.  Such irresponsible behavior is puzzling as well as inexcuseable and frightening.  I am very afraid for our country.  I am very glad we have Molly and other truth-seekers keeping us informed.  Thank you.

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By Ion C. Laskaris, May 10, 2006 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment
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Eisenhower was such a stupid puppet president,
he let the reactionary Republicans who recruited
him and ran him for president, also pick his
whole “Big Business” cabinet including the
bloodiest Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles,
in U.S.history who set up the Vietnam War and Crookie Nixon for his VIP.

The warning about the industrial/military complex was stuck in there by one of his veteran speech
writers in one of Ike’s last public addresses.

That president did more than anyone else to get the high defense contract looting started as the cold war heated up. It is ironic this 3rd rate
general with a 4th rate mind should be remembered for warning the American public of a dangererous
trend he,himself started.

Ion C. Laskaris,Burlington, Vt.+iclrevusa.com

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By Gloria Picchetti, May 10, 2006 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment
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As I take my last, gasping breath in one of those concentration camps the GWB administration let Halliburton build, I will still be laughing at Molly’s Best Little Whoreshouse in Washington.

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By The Ale and Quail Club, May 10, 2006 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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Shirlington Limousines, for all your government needs. We’ve got a hooker and a bar in every stretch car!

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By Bruce, May 10, 2006 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment
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Brilliant, witty, *and* a Root Boy Slim fan?  Be still *my* heart!!

Thanks for all the great writing, Molly.


...
“The thing that really changed my mind was the billy club to the head.” - Root Boy Slim, “Used To Be A Radical”

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By PeterS, May 10, 2006 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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Any scandal involving sex, cigars and a guy named ‘nine fingers’ has got to be interesting to all Americans.

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By Hilding Lindquist, May 10, 2006 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Reply to comment 8989 at:
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20060508_molly_ivins_whorehouse/#8989

I am deeply concerned about what President Eisenhower labled the “military-industrial complex”:

“Revisiting the military-industrial complex”
http://ncswede.blogspot.com/2005/09/revisiting-military-industrial-complex.html

... and what the Neocons are purposefully and systematically doing to assume irrevocable political power:
“In the face of fear, have we lost our reason?” at:
http://ncswede.blogspot.com/2005/10/in-face-of-fear-have-we-lost-our.html

The following is from my post:
“The roots of the Neocons run deep ...”
http://ncswede.blogspot.com/2005/07/roots-of-neocons-run-deep.html

The roots of Straussian fascism, the political philosophy of the Neocons, run deep.

Gordon Wright, history professor, wrote the following in The Ordeal of Total War: 1939-1945, with its 1968 Copyright:

“The German resistance did differ markedly in its composition and general outlook from the resistance norm in occupied Europe. By necessity it was much smaller; perhaps by necessity also it was more elitist in spirit, more suspicious of the masses, more doubtful about the practicality of political democracy. Its members were inclined to see Nazism not as an antiparlimentary political system but as a moral and political illness affecting the whole Western world. In Germany an atomized, secularized society had succumbed to demagogic dictatorship, as might happen to mass societies anywhere; the German masses had been corrupted, and could only be saved by an elite which would restore morality. Their dominant mood strongly resembled that of the German conservatives during the 1920’s, when the source of evil had not been Naziam but liberal democracy. Some of them had hoped to turn the rootless mass into an organic Volk; some had even, for a time, seen this as Hitler’s mission. Disillusioned by that experiment, they were not prepared to look to the masses as active allies in restoring sanity and balance to the nation. More than anywhere else in Europe, the German resistance looked to an elitist, decentralized regime with deep Christian roots. Only thus, they believed, could a mass society be prevented from slipping once again into some kind of totalitarian abyss.”

Repeating for emphasis, “The masses had been corrupted, and could only be saved by an elite which would restore morality.”

The Neocons, in their minds, are this elite saving the Western world. What they don’t seem to understand is that leaders who save us from ourselves are dictators.

The question we should always ask of our leaders, Are they using fear to advance their agenda? or are the helping us to understand—in the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt—the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.

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By Melissa, May 10, 2006 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Negroponte is very competent.  He and James Steele made incredible death squads in Central America and now they have done it again in Iraq.  The man has a genius for death , destruction and cruelty.

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By j7915, May 10, 2006 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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No one has mentioned it so far, but wouldn’t GENERAL HAYDEN as an Air Force officer on active duty be subordinate to the Secretary of Defense?

The head of the CIA serves at the pleasure of the President, with approval of Congress, I assume, but he can quit anytime, could a General quit his post and resign at any time?

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By Gregory L. Kruse, May 10, 2006 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
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I am sure that the Bushies have studied history and know in their hearts what the Nazi’s did “right” and what they did “wrong”.  I’m not speaking of morality here, and neither are they. What was “right” about what the Nazi’s did is the complete subjugation of the people to the will of the State.  What they did “wrong” was that they lost the war.  The Bushies think they can do better on the war front.  They have no powerful enemies.  They already have all the wonder weapons they will need to defeat the Muslims.  Once the Muslims are pacified, America will have a free hand to manipulate, an all-seeing eye to observe, an all-hearing ear to
gather information, and an all-lying mouth to spout propaganda.  There is nothing to stop them, and they know it.

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By Elsbeth, May 10, 2006 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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Hookergate?

All it is about is one set of professionals giving advice to another on the best ways to screw their “customers”.

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By Sylvia Barksdale Morovitz, May 10, 2006 at 9:38 am Link to this comment
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Molly Ivin’s got it folks!  The grit, the courage, the ability to tell the truth where it counts!
I simply don’t have the words for these thieves who’re prostituting themselves in every way possible for the almighty buck!  When a man can be bought, in SERVICE to the people of our country is the last place he belongs.  This Bush administration is the most corrupt bunch of chattels EVER to be in power over our nation.
Frankly, I believe Bush intends to RULE long after his tenure is over.  Imaging something like MaCain becoming president!  Are we dense enough to think that he won’t be taking orders from Bush, Rove and Cheney?  Their intention is to rule with iron fist over our country and all they need is another of themselves seated in the Oval Office!  Will Americans EVER awaken to the conspiracy practiced by those who lead us?  A few, maybe.

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By Once Again Molly, YOU HIT A HOME RUN WITH THE BASE, May 10, 2006 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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YOU GO GIRL!  Truth to power will be the downfall of this corrupt administration.

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By pummeli, May 10, 2006 at 9:21 am Link to this comment
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reg comment 8891
Dear, I lived under Hitler and Franco and believe me we are not far away from the scenario you dread. Military is already taking over quietly.
Dearest Molly has been around to know and is brave enough to call it by name. But I fear our democracy is terminally ill and will end in a military coup, flight jacket and all ” to protect the Nation” against terrorism; suspend the Constitution and stay Comander-in-Chief for a life time.All signs are pointing in this direction.

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By Billion Dollar Cheney, May 10, 2006 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Molly, you are always on fire—but today the flame is blue—you could melt a Hyundai with it.

The key here is that people need to realize that WE are buying the hookers, and the “good ship” Duke-Stir, and they are playing poker with OUR MONEY.  Whether they win or lose, we lose.

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By Audrey, May 10, 2006 at 8:04 am Link to this comment
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You think?! You really think the teflon is finally peeling away?

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By Carole H, May 10, 2006 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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God, how I wish you were wrong…...
unfortunately you are right on the mark.
Keep up the excellent work.

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By TOAOTH, May 10, 2006 at 6:32 am Link to this comment
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Naming a military person, a General no less,
to head up our Central Intelligence Agency,
is disastrous, scary and sinister business!
Reading of a not to recent period in world
  history will acquaint everyone with the clear
resemblance of Bush’s candidate to the
Third Reich and Hitler’s choice for a similar
job in Germany’s administration of the time—-
Heinrich Himmler.

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By D Allen, May 9, 2006 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment
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Molly, as usual you rock!  Hey, write something about Queen Karl’s Indictment which is coming any day now…FITZMAS is coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By nocoolaid, May 9, 2006 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment
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And the beat goes on! these mutts don’t give a fuck what transpires. They think (and rightfully so) that whatever they do will go unnoticed , or they won’t be called on it, and if called ignore it and yell “terrorist”. Bill Clinton was pilloried for one blow job from a woman. “W” has been fucking every man, woman, and child in this country for almost six years. Drum roll please! The number of investigations?

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By Jennifer, May 9, 2006 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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You rock! Hookergate gear is ready for action! (http://www.cafepress.com/reddpepper/1424083)

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By darby1936@yahoo.com, May 9, 2006 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment
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I’d be willing to have Hayden as CIA Director if he would go before a competent Judge with the idiot reasoning he gave the other day for the snoops in the NSA wiretapping American citizens. If a sane Judge says its all right to spy on American people on less than probable cause that the Fourth Amendment requires then we’re lost and it doesn’t make any difference who the CIA Director is.

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By tommy Hagelund, May 9, 2006 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment
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molly,yu make my day!

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By Christy Sweet, May 9, 2006 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment
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CA.Dem Rep Diane Feinstein’s husband is a defense contractor, see why she acts on GOP behalf in those matters?
Follow the money, war is big, big business.

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By felicity smith, May 9, 2006 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment
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Molly, after five years of Bush administration horrors I have become throughly convinced that Bush has two, and only two criteria when considering someone for appointment to a government position - short on veracity, long on incompetence.  It’s all about protecting one’s comfort zone.

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By Patriot, May 9, 2006 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment
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These lying scum will all walk—instead of frying—if we don’t replace the electronic-vote-stealing machines with:
Paper Ballots, Hand Counted.

Please inform your friends and get active in restoring the right to vote in this country.

See http://www.blackboxvoting.org and other sites for the lowdown.

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By Becker, May 9, 2006 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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Molly, Molly, you have SUCH a wonderful way with words.  Perhaps we are less shocked by the notion of poker/hooker/pandering/ parties these days because we have grown reluctantly accustomed to the fact that most of our elected officials already prostitute themselves in order to ‘earn’ those addictive campaign contributions (and/or under-the-table ‘gifts’), with assistance from appointed (cronies) officials who may be acting as their pimps.

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By marcus, May 9, 2006 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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Molly
Bush is not leaving the presidency in november.
There will be no election in the november.

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By Peggy Green, May 9, 2006 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you again and again. Please never stop writing truth. You are a constant inspiration.
Peggy Green
Louisville Ky (land of Anne, Mitch and that ex baseball player whose name has slipped my mind) That’s no problem, it slipped his years ago!!! Bunning, ah yes, cunning bunning!

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By norman john, May 9, 2006 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Hello,

today at my blog - http://blogtrack.livejournal.com - I have a blog in which you feature. Because lj don’t allow b/rolls, on my other recent blog - http://qboyk.blogspot.com - I have started a blogroll of folks referred to. If you take a look at blogtrack I think you’ll find it accurate and fair. If not, please let me know and I won’t assume it’s ok to blogroll you. Blogtrack has been going a wee while and is now gaining readership which of course advantages folks mentioned..

with best wishes,

norman john

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By KEVIN SCHMIDT, STERLING VA, May 9, 2006 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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What I find hard to believe is there are Democratics in Congress like Feinstein who actually are supporting criminal Hayden’s bid on becoming the head of the CIA.

So once again, a couple of Judas Democrats sell out their party for God knows how many pieces of lobbyist silver. But you can bet they didn’t do it for idealistic reasons, because there are none, just plenty of money, ready, willing and able to buy votes away from the interests of their constituants.

It’s going to be hard enough voting out the Bush enabler Republicans, but we also have to deal with DINOs and military industrial complex insiders too. Don’t they remember what Howard Dean said about voters not voting for Republican Light candidates? Oh that’s right, they don’t like Dean because he doesn’t like lobbyists and actually wants politicians to be beholden to their constituants.

Hey DINOs! Just because you don’t kiss Bush on the lips in public like a Lieberman, doesn’t mean we don’t know who you are! If you are going to side with the Republicans you will eventually end up in the same leaky boat as Lieberman.

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By colonist, May 9, 2006 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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Molly, you are the saving grace of Texas,  We have so many reprobates, thank goodness there’s you.  An admiring Texan.

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By Tim Bickford, May 9, 2006 at 7:42 am Link to this comment
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I noticed where Hayden stopped short.  It sounds to me like he should be in front of the Senate answering questions on an inquiry into the wire tapping.  It seems that with such an important role he may have been following orders but the question is were they lawfull orders.  He said he had legal advice but no court has determined the actions legal.

The issue concerning probable cause and reasonable belief needs to be decided before we confirm an individual that has admittedly committed these searches.  If they are deemed illegal then would they not be criminal?

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By Oli, May 9, 2006 at 7:26 am Link to this comment
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And be still my heart!
Go for it, Molly.  This may finally be the story that catches the attention of the taxpayers. And what a TV movie it would make.  Cigars, poker and prostitutes.  Jeff Gannon perhaps?

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By Gonnuts, May 9, 2006 at 6:12 am Link to this comment
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November can’t come soon enough.

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By Gary, May 9, 2006 at 5:55 am Link to this comment
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Molly, you are so right.  Competence counts for nothing in this administration.

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By Hilding Lindquist, May 9, 2006 at 5:26 am Link to this comment
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“If the Bush administration continues to fall apart at this clip, I think we’ll be grateful for incompetence as an excuse.”

Aint’t THAT the truth! I mean, this is getting sooooooo bad it’s downright embarrassing. And this guy Hayden has ties to the defense contractor involved in the scandals. (See http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000581.php )

My gawd! If we were a banana republic we would be at the point where the generals start considering taking things over for the good of the country ...

I’ve been thinking that the “October Surprise” would be a Cheney-Rumsfeld led maneuver to stay out of prison ... now, I am beginning to think it will be a “patriotic” coup to keep the nation from becoming the laughing-stock of the planet.

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By Tom Collins, May 9, 2006 at 5:15 am Link to this comment
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Bonk!
Imagine, if you will, that these were the Clinton years!

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By tim frazer, May 9, 2006 at 3:04 am Link to this comment
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Great!  More!  Give Molly a job at CBS! (sigh)

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By Mike Mahr, May 9, 2006 at 12:08 am Link to this comment
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Beautiful Molly, sweeter than cherry pie.

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By Ron Atlee, May 8, 2006 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Lady,

You are much too hard on those poor fellows just scufflin’ to get by in the land of liberty, freedom fries and backhanders. After all, the lads are up to thier whatever in doo-doo and don’t need your cruel jibes.

Lighten up darlin’..........NAH!

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