July 5, 2007

Yeah, but he was a Democrat

Republican hypocrisy has long ago moved past the shameless point, but I found this glaring example interesting. Click on picture to view larger version.

Thanks to an alert reader for sending this along.


At 7/05/2007 11:43 AM, Anonymous George Washington said...

There is no doubt that lies, deception, hypocrisy and hate-filled rhetoric is well entrenched in the Republican and Democrat parties. The Party system should be dissolved in favor of Independent candidates only.

At 7/05/2007 12:55 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Yeah, but Ganske lost.

At 7/06/2007 4:05 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I know you can not tell a lie George, but I must point out that there's no parity between the parties when it comes to rank hypocrisy and lying in general.

Though creative lying, now termed "spin" or PR, has always been a major part of campaigns and candidates DNA, it's been elevated to almost absurd levels by one party, and that is the Republicans, especially in the past couple decades.

This is really no surprise to any serious observer. After all, when you're basic tenet is to take from the poor and give to the rich, by necessity you're going to start out right off the bat lying and then take it from there.

The Republican platform simply can't be stated honestly. Period.
If it were, too few people would support it without the appropriate shame they'd rightly feel.

Yep, both parties engage in lies and hypocrisy, but it's preposterous to even suggest that there's anything close to equal blame here.

As any alien who landed on earth and observed the political scene in the US in the past 20 years would clearly tell you, it's the Republicans who have elevated the artful lie, the bald-faced hypocritical sham, and the outrageous and tortured rationale to an art form. It's government run by Madison Avenue professional manipulators, otherwise known as PR professionals. It's not ideals, it's not principles, it's selling crap politics like selling Ron Popeil would sell it.

Sure it's obviously BS and almost comically false on it's face, but this administration has boldly had the nerve to dish it out to the American public and dish it out relentlessly and repeatedly until even what would have been laughed off as preposterous and shameful lies is now parroted by "reporters" as if it's legit.

Anyway.... if you don't like lies and hypocrisy, talk to a Republican about it. Take those two things away from them and they simply wouldn't exist.

At 7/06/2007 2:27 PM, Anonymous Butterscotch said...

isn't that a pretty old ad?

Ganske and Harkin faced off in 2002 and I don't think a rematch is real likely.

At 7/06/2007 4:11 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Why yes, it's an old ad.

Nothing gets by you. ;-)

At 7/06/2007 4:12 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Why yes, it's an old ad. Shows how the Republicans were singing a different tune about perjury and obstruction of justice in the Clinton era.

Nothing gets by you. ;-)

At 7/20/2007 4:07 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Pretty amazing that Republicans are using Bush as a source for electing Republicans.

They're not THAT stupid, are they?

PS-How did my 'ol city of Moline elect a Rethug for mayor!? I thought Moline was a solid progressive community, but I suppose I left for STL with too many happy thoughts in mind.

At 7/20/2007 8:07 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Obviously it's been a while since you took leave of our fair city. The town of Moline has been firmly mismanaged (though things are looking up slightly in recent times) by solidly Republican city councils and mayors for many, many years now. Mayor Leech was mayor forever, his term characterized by many ill-considered giveaways to developers and poor planning, as well as sloppy financial management. His reign saw Moline taxes rise to truly oppressive levels, the highest in the area.

And the Deere crowd continues to ensure that the city remains firmly in the control of Republicans.

At 7/23/2007 2:32 PM, Blogger Peter said...

I think "Republican Hypocrisy" is kind of repetitive btw.

I wish there was something I could do for Moline's government but so few people even vote in midterm or presidential elections that it would seem like it'd be a waste of time.

Tell me more about the Deere crowd. I know that John Deere donates overwhelmingly to Republican candidates and PAC's but tell me more!

At 7/24/2007 12:42 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

That's essentially the story.... they donate to, form foundations for, and otherwise promote and establish Republican candidates and make sure they win.

Nothing sinister, but it ensures that a very narrow group dicates the way things go. In the past decade or so, it was really badly managed, much like the Bush administration, with everything going to developers and businesses who promptly soaked the city and left them hanging, as usual.

There has been more focus on street repair and improvement in the past year, which is welcome, and they've seemed to have weaned themselves off the idea of soaking the ordinary property owner and promptly handing the money to connected businesssmen to some extent.


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