What I said in my blog last night is true. The Republicans have truly gone past all dishonor. The latest examples are so blatant I wonder that anyone, even most Republicans, would want to try to justify them.
First, as you may well have heard, Frist pushed aside the hearing on the Defense Authorization Bill for another bit of legislation that was more important to him, namely legislation to protect gun manufacturers from civil lawsuits that might arise from people using their guns to commit crimes, etc. This, of course, was an NRA bill that in Frist's judgement was more important than the defense bill. I guess we all have our priorities.
If that is not outrageous enough, consider Tom DeLay's attempt to add a 1.5 billion dollar giveaway to Halliburton and others. He slipped this in at 4 a.m. apparently thinking no one would notice. Why isn't he in jail where he certainly should be?
The White House is refusing to turn over documents relating to Roberts that Democrats have specifically requested. Not only that, they refuse even to turn over his recent tax records. In the past it has been normal procedure for Supreme Court candidates to have to provide the last three years of their tax statements. The Bush/Cheney administration secretly changed the rules (or at least most of the Senators were not aware of this change) so that the IRS only has to provide a one page summary.
It now appears that Condi Rice may be up to her eyeballs in the Rove scandal. She was on the plane when the memo passed around, marked S for secret, mentioned Valerie Plame. As Condi was involved in the false claim that Iraq had WMD's she obviously had an interest in and a motive for attacking Wilson and his wife. And, of course, she had every means to leak. So now we are pretty certain that Rove, Libby, Rice, possibly Fleischer, Novak, almost certainly Miller and others were involved in a conspiracy to "out" Plame to punish her husband and frighten off other whistleblowers. If you believe all of these people were in some way involved and don't believe this leads directly to Cheney, and probably Bush himself, you perhaps ought to seek some kind of medical attention, certainly psychiatric.
How much longer is anyone going to put up with this stuff? Even non neocon Republicans must be getting a bellyful. So why don't they do anything about it. Because as I argued last night, THEY ARE NOW PAST ALL DISHONOR.