Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Death of the GOP

Both the New York Times and the Washington Post run articles today that come to the same conclusion: the Republicans in Washington are in a world of hurt. From the DeLay indictment, to the investigation into the Bush administration's revealing of the identity of a CIA agent, to the SEC investigation of a questionable stock sale by the Senate Majority leader-cum 2008 presidential candidate, to the Iraq debacle, to the Katrina debacle, to other low-level investigations and arrests, the GOP is showing its behind to the whole nation -- in HDTV-type clarity.

Now, as a way of declaring a pox on both their houses, it's tempting for those in the know to point out that Democrats have also had their ethics problems in the past. While this is absolutely true, it belittles a point that demands greater attention: over the past 10 years of the so-called "Republican Revolution," the GOP has demonstrated not only the depths of its corruption, but also the staggering heights of its incompetence. This double whammy, well beyond anything seen during the height of the Democratic control of the federal government (some might disagree and point to the Carter years) has proven destructive to the nation and fatal to tens of thousands of human beings.

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