And So It Begins....
Democrats are crapping themselves over the indictment of Representative Tom DeLay yesterday. They think, for the umpteenth time, that they finally have the cudgel or lever or whatever by which they can discredit and oust the Bush administration.
And now, today, comes this:
The money that led to the indictment this week of two Las Vegas pastors and the wife of one of them came from federal grants arranged by Sen. Harry Reid in September 2001, a Reid spokeswoman said Wednesday....As a retired Clinton Hater (I still think he's a sociopath and did the Democrats far more damage than they can see, but no longer take the slavering delight in every perceived wrong he did like Democrats with Bush today. It got old and I realised that this kind of stuff is bipartisan. Events have borne out that belief.), I understand the Democratic impulse, but I think they may have taken one step too many. The Texas prosecutor who brought the conspiracy charge (Hey! Can't convict on the crimes themselves? Allege conspiracy and indict, indict, indict.) has a whole lot of problems of his own for the indictment to overcome. It looks like it will all blow up in their faces now.
According to the indictment, a grant of $423,000 was approved for the alliance in September 2002.
The indictment charges the defendants of using the grant money to benefit themselves.
A Reid relationship with the Second Baptist Church surfaced in 1997, when the senator donated $250 to the church where Davis was and still is pastor.
The money came from John Huang, who was convicted of making illegal contributions to the 1996 re-election campaign of President Clinton.
At about the same time, Reid donated another $250 from Huang to the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Las Vegas.
As it has time and time again. Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.
On the other hand, the Republican Party really does have a lot of problems of its own that will cause problems for them in the '06 elections. Democrats will claim false and self-aggrandising reasons for any victories, but it's not from any appeal on their part. It's that Republicans are digging a deep hole for themselves, and not pausing or slowing down or looking up. Border security and fiscal responsibility are bubbling away out there. Republicans' seeming indifference to it (especially from President Bush. Remember his term from the spring and summer of 2001, before 9/11? Lessons there for the alert to recall.) is costing them right now.
If Republicans don't get serious about their whole reason for being handed the reins of government there will be a backlash. If someone gets on the ball ASAP and self-finances another Perot-style protest party like Reform, they are in deep, deep trouble.
The discontent of social conservative Republicans with Bush before the election is nothing at all compared to the anger from fiscal conservatives right now. Failing to deal with it properly will assure doom for them and a Democrat default victory.
Which would be doom for us all. If anyone shouldn't be handed an undeserved victory, it's the MoveOn.org, anti-war / anti-America Far Left trying to wrest control of the Democratic Party. The wreck they would make of America would likely be enough to end the American Century. Their self-righteous glee would be as appalling as it would be bloody. Remember post-Revolution France?