A BuzzFlash Editorial
When The Grand Hypocrisy Party (GHP) Is On The Attack, It Hits The Gutter Running
April 22, 2002
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
It's becoming BuzzFlash's mantra. When the Grand Hypocrisy Party (GHP) is on the attack, it hits the gutter running. A limbo bar can't go down as low as the GHP.
Take last week's totally scurrilous and gratuitous effort to paint Boy Scout and former Prosecutor Vermont Senator Pat Leahy as being opposed to Congress honoring the police and fire fighter heroes of September 11th. Such a slimy charge boggles the mind, but it is consistent with the sleazy demonizing tactics that have marked the GHP for the last 25 years.
Remember Bush the Elder and Willie Horton. Well Willie Horton was Lee Atwater's creation. Guess who rode shotgun with Skuzzy Lee during the 1988 Presidential campaign? That's right BuzzFlash readers, George W. Bush.
So it should come as no surprise that the GHP sold the New York Post a phony bill of goods that Leahy was opposed to the Congressional medals for New York's finest. The Post, a Murdoch paper, didn't let the truth get in the way of a series of articles that gave the slanderous charge the veneer of truth.
Then, even after the bills authorizing the medals were passed, the GOP sent out an e-mail to its "team leaders" with the following message:
David Carle, Senator Leahy's Press Secretary, believes the New York Post and GHP should be ashamed of themselves:
After the vote on the resolutions, Steve Young, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, issued a statement thanking Leahy for his continuing work on behalf of the Public Safety Medal of Valor and for honoring the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"Senator Leahy has been a true champion for the Fraternal Order of Police on this issue," Young said. He also noted Leahy's instrumental role in establishing the Public Safety Medal Of Valor itself through the charter passed by Congress and signed by the President a year ago.
So why did the GHP turn its sleaze attack apparatus on Leahy?
Probably two reasons: One, Bush, due to chronic incompetence and impotent statements on the Middle East, is dipping in the polls, so the GHP needs to find someone to demonize. It's their standard operating procedure after all.
Secondly, Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. The GHP is madder than a wet hen that Leahy is holding a high standard for Federal Court nominees. The GHP is upset that Leahy does not consider Federalist Society membership a sufficient credential to compensate for incompetence in a Bush court nominee. The battle over judicial appointments is one of the most pitched confrontations taking place, mostly off-stage. The GHP wants to continue turning the Federal Courts into another branch of the GHP, and Leahy, as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, thinks Americans deserve good judges, who have something more to offer our system of justice than a loyalty oath to the Bush administration.
So the battle over judicial nominations is likely to become even more heated. Bush and his administration know what well-placed appointments can do. Judge David Sentelle, a right wing Federal Court appointee, was responsible for appointing Ken Starr as Independent Counsel, at the behest of Jesse Helms, at a time when Robert Fisk, the then Independent Counsel, was about to close up shop on the Whitewater investigation.
Of course, one need look no further than Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy and William Rehnquist to understand what a few GHP loyalists can pull off. Bush knows who put him into office -- and it wasn't the electorate.
So, that explains the GOP sleazeball assault on Leahy. He's a man of honor, and that's something the GHP doesn't understand or respect.
They have contempt for people of honor. They see it as a weakness worthy of smear and slander.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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