Thursday, November 18, 2004

What's the Frequency Kenneth?

A bemused and befuddled Moose asks, "Where is Kenneth Starr when you need him?"

With the opening of the Clinton Library, the Moose submits this query because the rule of law appears to be in jeopardy in the House of Representatives. Of course, the Moose is referring to the House G.O.P. changing its rules to protect the Chief Exterminator, Mr. DeLay from the long arm of the law. Years back, the bold elephant implemented a rule requiring a Member who is indicted to step down from his leadership position. Then, the Republican posse was on the tail of Democrat Dan Rostenkowski. Now that a Texas prosecutor may be closing in on the Bug Man, the rule has been changed - it is no longer an automatic dismissal, but rather the accused will be judged by a jury of his cronies in the leadership.

Yea, the raging hypocrisy overwhelms the Moose. He only takes refuge in the notion that hypocrisy is the tribute vice pays to virtue.

Only a few short years ago, the brave souls in the House Republican caucus led by the same Mr. DeLay claimed to be the great defenders of the "rule of law" as they pursued impeachment against Clinton. Mr. DeLay, along with his Inspector Javert, Judge Starr, hounded the POTUS to ensure that we remained under the rule of law and not men. But this is the age of rule by the cronies.

The Moose is tempted to suggest that Mr. DeLay is a stain on the soul of the elephant.

Meanwhile, the Moose has an eagle eye trained on the other scandal haunting the House Republicans - the Indian Gambling mess.

Yesterday's hearing was the first time that details emerged of how Abramoff and Scanlon planned to carry out their promise to help a tribal client win favors on Capitol Hill. The documents and testimony provided an unusually stark look at the way Indian gambling riches have become part of Washington lobbying and fundraising.

The Washington Post previously reported that Abramoff and Scanlon quietly worked with conservative religious activist Ralph Reed to help persuade the state of Texas to shut down the Tigua casino in 2002, then persuaded the tribe to pay the $4.2 million to try to get Congress to reopen it

Sometime in the near future, the Moose looks forward to visiting Delay's Majority Leader Library in Sugarland, Texas when it opens. The Hypocrisy Wing should be a hoot!
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