February 27, 2004
GOP Hypocrite of the Week: Dennis Hastert
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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This week our GOP BuzzFlash Hypocrite of the Week, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, betrayed the nation. It's that simple.
You see, Hastert has just refused to allow Congress to extend the life of the 9/11 Commission. The Commission needed more time because the White House keeps stonewalling them.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that Bush was negligent in defending the nation from a terrorist attack. As BuzzFlash has pointed out many a time, Condi Rice has admitted that she and Bush were briefed in the summer of 2001 that Al-Qaeda was planning to hijack planes as part of a terrorism campaign. She claims, however, that she and Bush were not told that they might fly them into buildings.
As BuzzFlash has also pointed out, the press failed to press Rice on one key point: the way you prevent a hijacking that results in planes being flown into buildings is the same way you prevent hijackings in general. So what did she and Bush do to prevent hijackings after the summer 2001 briefing?
Nothing. In fact, Bush went on a month-long vacation to Crawford, Texas.
In short, the case for Bush failing to protect us against the September 11th hijackings has already been admitted, but the press can't see it in front of their eyes.
Now, according to the Los Angeles Times, "A spokesman for Hastert said the speaker opposed postponing completion of the [9/11] report partly out of concern that it would push the release of the commission's findings - and any damaging disclosures - into the heat of the presidential campaign. The panel's mandate calls for it to complete its work by May 27."
As BuzzFlash has told the tale many times, Hastert came to be Speaker of the House for two reasons. First of all, he proved his oafish loyalty to Tom "the Exterminator" DeLay, who calls ALL the important shots in the House. Hastert is to DeLay what Bush is to Cheney: a "congenial" puppet.
Secondly, Hastert was chosen Speaker of the House by the Republicans because he appears more interested in slobbering over a turkey leg than in pawing a woman's leg -- or another man's leg for that matter. You see, Hastert was chosen speaker after Newt Gingrich resigned, as it turns out, because he was having an affair with a congressional staffer more than 20 years his junior at a time the Republicans were trying to impeach Clinton over the Monica thing.
Then the Republicans chose Robert Livingston to lead them as Speaker until he was outed as a serial philanderer by Larry Flynt.
Tom DeLay, knowing that the GOP Congress might be irreperably harmed by picking another Speaker with a sex scandal, looked around the GOP caucus -- and there was Denny munching away on a piece of pie, with whip cream stains all over his shirt. Right then and there, DeLay knew he had his Speaker: the only Republican Congressional Representative who was both a loyal "yes man" and who preferred food to sexual hijinks.
But while a fondness for food over adultery is considered a rare virtue among the GOP, Hastert shares the Republican penchant for believing that he and his colleagues are above the law. Apparently, keeping Americans from knowing the truth about how the Bush administration failed to prevent 9/11 is considered an admirable quality in the Republican Party.
Bush still continues to poll high among voters as a man of integrity. It's the biggest con job in the history of our nation -- and it has had a lethal effect.
More than 3,000 Americans and people from other nations were killed on September 11th in an act of terrorism that now appears to have been preventable.
Thousands died, but Hastert's conscience is clear. You just can't put the truth, our laws, loyalty to the nation, and our national security between Denny and a good lunch. The man knows his priorities, and when Tom DeLay says saving the Bush Cartel comes before Hastert's Constitutional duties, Denny says, "Fine, Tom. Can I go eat now?"
Until next week, just remember our motto at BuzzFlash.com: So many Republican hypocrites, so little time.
Catch up with you soon.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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