PW & The Future
As must be obvious, PW is closed. Our contributors, including me, are moving on to other projects. Check back for more, soon. Thanks, it's been one hell of a ride...
Sheehan & Young : Nuevo Suffragettes?
So, will Beverly Young stand in solidarity with Cindy Sheehan? Will Cindy Sheehan stand in solidarity with Beverly Young?
Is it all "no comment" and that same crap or what? And by the way, Cindy Sheehan, who so far as I can see, has not supported Young (and she should) better do so, even if Young does not.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and these two women have more in common (obvious shill conversations of Young being a GOP tit-for-tat decoy) than they don't. Right?
So, if Young was not some sort of Capitol Hill Police Bizzarro-Sheehan created for SOTU obfuscation, will she stand with Sheehan?
Best way to discover this and find the truth? Cindy Sheehan should vocally and publicly stand with Young.
What Young does will, in fact, tell the tale, eh? If they do stand in solidarity, all, left and right, applaud the Nuevo Suffragettes!
Dem Ethics Unity
Sorry I haven't been around, been focused on another web project that has sucked up all my blog time. Anyway....
As has been pointed out ad nauseum, Delay is going down. What hasn't been discussed much in all of our jubilant glee is that Dems are united and fighting hard to prevent rules changes and have basically shut down the House Ethics Committee:
Republican leaders had thought they had built a fortress against future trouble by changing House rules in January and by changing the House ethics committee's Republican membership in February to include members closer to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and DeLay. In one previously unreported example of the tight connections, Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Tex.), one of the committee's new members, was co-host of a 2002 fundraising breakfast to benefit the DeLay-founded political action committee that is now the subject of a grand jury investigation in Texas. The grand jury is looking into whether the PAC improperly used corporate funds to influence the outcome of state legislative races.Wowsa -- nice job!
DeLay's legal defense fund received contributions from two of the new ethics committee members, Smith and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). The committee admonished DeLay three times last year. Republican leaders later sought the rule changes that made it more difficult to bring new ethics charges against Republicans.
Democratic leaders have introduced a resolution to repeal the rules and said they plan to try to force Republicans to publicly defend the changes at a time when the news media are reporting about DeLay's relationship with lobbyists now under criminal and congressional investigation.
The rule changes require at least one member of each party to support an investigation before it is begun. Under the old rules, if the chairman and top Democrat did not agree on what to do with a complaint within 45 days after it was determined to be valid, an investigative subcommittee was automatically created. Now, a complaint is automatically dismissed if the committee does not act within 45 days.
Democrats opened their protest Thursday, at the ethics committee's first meeting under its new leadership, by preventing the panel from organizing. The committee must adopt rules to function, and those were voted down by a 5 to 5 party-line vote, leaving the House with no mechanism for investigating or punishing members.
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (W.Va.), the committee's top Democrat, said in a telephone interview yesterday that he will not release his freeze on committee action unless the House undoes the rule changes, and he said he has begun recruiting Republicans to back him. He said he may use a tactic known as a discharge petition, which could force a bill to the floor if enough Republicans back him.
"This will have to be resolved on the House floor," Mollohan said. "These rules undermine the ability of the committee to do its job. Republicans are not going to want to be part of impeding the work of the committee."
The ethics committee, formally known as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, is the only panel split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, giving the minority party leverage it does not have anywhere else in the House.
Storming the Castle
Soto Starts Sewing
How to make a conservative hooker-who-happens-to-be-gay fake reporter's American quilt?
Well, Soto is certainly giving it one hell of a shot. I've read so much of this in shotgun form that I haven't seen anyone quite piece together the chronology so adeptly and so effectively. Take this:
The 2000-2002 registered domains would not seem to form a whole, but to a certain type of older gay man, “conservativeguy” would be read differently from how many of us would read it. This can be seen as Phase I-A, all in some way related to Guckert’s activities as a male escort.SO, the question that arises in my mind, is who, who exactly -- and I highly suspect that there is more than one individual -- hired "conservativeguy" and then, based on that, ahem, connection, then parted the waters for him, and more importantly, why? Love? Blackmail? Pure Sex? Based on my sole on my own personal knowledge of my very own gay community, and based soley on my personal observations of rich, conservative, and powerful gay men in my lifetime, my absolute opinion is that this guy must have been passed around like the White House Hanky.
The long lag time between the registration of conservativeguy in 2000 and all the variations on it in 2002 suggests to me that this handle had become valuable to him in some way. The addition of sites with the word “legal” must mean something. Something about his escort service activities was possibly becoming more organized and perhaps more lucrative. Then he jumps from plain “Jeff” to “Jeff Gannon.” Call this Phase I-B.
Gannon was the dirty little secret that the conservative closet cases loved to have in the room -- a nasty trophy, at places like the WH Correspondent’s Annual Dinner. Must have been a real adrenalin for Bush's lavender mafia just having the guy so close -- but yet, so far, and oh so titillating. This is what I suppose must pass for romance in the closeted gay conservative halls of power. Of course he had to go by Jeff Gannon at this point -- all these guys knew him as Jeff Gannon. Read the rest of Hall of Mirrors Part 1 here. Right now, I'm running to read part two. This post may be updated, or I may do another. I'll be brief...
Uncle Tom's Log Cabin
Via MyDD, from this interview with Mark Crispin Miller from BuzzFlash:
BuzzFlash: Many Democrats are afraid to touch the Gannon/Guckert affair because he's gay, and they feel guilty about being critical of gays. But three of the main sites that are leading the story are run by openly gay men who find homophobe gays like Gannon/Guckert abhorrent. In fact, the Bush administration, like the Reagan administration, has many gays in senior positions including Ken Mehlman, head of the Republican National Committee. Drudge himself is gay. Some of the most rabid homophobe GOP congressmen have been outed as gay. What is this gay GOP homophobe thing all about when there is obviously a gay bunny patch going on at the highest level of the Republican Party?Read the rest. And for a real fucking kick, read Ann Coulters ridiculous defense of The White House Hooker.
Mark Crispin Miller: Those liberals who refuse to speak out on this issue just don't get it. They think they're being politically correct concerning gays, when all they're really doing is covering for the sickest homophobes. It was much the same thing with those Democrats who wouldn't make an issue of Bill Frist and his family making major profits off abortion. The Frists own a chain of hospitals that do abortions. That's astonishing hypocrisy, and ought to have been named as such, but it was not, because of Democratic shyness about saying anything that might sound anti-choice.
But the sanctity of reproductive rights was not the issue there. The issue was the insincerity and greed of those Republicans who moralize about abortion even as they make a big fat buck from it. This fact would have appalled some on the right, alienating them from Frist & Co. Other, less scrupulous rightists would have been hard-pressed to defend Frist's practices, and that would have enabled a rhetorical victory in the eyes of the majority. That's how you play to win. And it would ultimately have been much better for the policy of reproductive freedom, as it would have weakened some of the leading players in the anti-choice propaganda war.
It's much the same with this issue. The point of going after Gannon/Guckert for his day job--and outing all his rightist clients--is not an anti-gay move. Rather, it's a way to demonstrate the bad faith of the homophobes, and, still more important, the psychological impossibility of their position. To note that this whole gay-baiting movement is itself the work of closet cases is to illuminate the pathological dimension of that movement.
Gannon didn't write about gays. No "hypocrisy" is being exposed. Liberals' hateful, frothing-at-the-mouth campaign against Gannon consists solely of their claim that he is gay.Please. He referred to John Kerry as possibly becoming the "first gay president" and wrote countless other articles on gay issues. Let's just say he could not have been reasonably considered to be sympathetic to his own kind. Welcome to Uncle Tom's Log Cabin!
And while we're on Cagle -- the Dobson Loves Spongebob Collection.
Dean Political Cartoon Collection
If you haven't made the trip to Cagle's Political Cartoon Index lately, you should make the trip. Agree with them or not, there are strong opinions about Howard Dean as Dem Party Chair -- check out the Dean collection here.
Many of them are dismissive and negative, which I actually find rather amusing. If Bush has proven anything, it's that low expectations can be a big winner in politics. I have expectations of Dean, meaning I'll probably be dissapointed, but I think he's going to surprise his worst critics, I really do.
Get your ass there, get it there right now. "WorldNetDaily Savages Gannon, White House, Talon News/GOP USA"
Write, Write, Write -- Especially Now
Instead of re-writing it, and just in case you haven't seen it, two big Senate/House action alerts regarding investigations into JamesJeffGuckertGannonGate and they are doosies:
MyDD on Durbin's letter, Your Senator's Contact Info.
And in the house, two letters from Rep.Louise Slaughter and Rep. John Conyers, ranking Dems on Rules and Judiciary Comnmittees, with two extremely inventive takes. Much, much more: See AMERICABlog.
I've written Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, and Lois Capps. I think these are worth the time, hope you do to.
"Hey hey, ho ho - Social Security has got to go!"
Check out this video of College Republicans chanting the above as Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) enters a town hall event in Philadelphia. As Chris Bowers of MyDD puts it: "I love it when the other side does your campaigning for you!" What a bunch of loons -- and thought these folks were supposedly always on message? Sheesh.
Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum announces for re-election. Nice pic with the walkin' sneakers, Mr. Nels! Marty's an old friend, and I can't wait to walk precincts with her, yet again. Go Marty!
Volunteer armies of jackbooted thugs are gearing up to patrol the Arizona border. Nope, not the U.S. Border patrol, but a bunch of volunteers calling themselves The Minutemen. Ahem. S.S. is more like it...as Atrios states: "I hope...[they] understand that illegal aliens are still people, and laws regarding the prohibition of murder still apply."
Bush and Co.'s full-frontal assault on the AARP has begun -- yup, this is the knife in the back they get for helping Bush with the drug benefit legislation. Who knew? The AARP's real agenda is anti-soldier and pro-gay! How charming. But the fun doesn't stop there! See here for Day 2 assault. But as Jerome puts it: "How long before the Democratic Party responds?" To be honest, it's a bit troubling. Nothing on the DNC website or the DNC blog, Kicking Ass. Soto has a plan of attack -- but is anyone listening? The AARP hasn't even responded, hoping it will die, I guess. But I know these guys, and just like the Swift Boat Liar ads they aired before, it's only a first front. Don't deceive yourselves, Democrats! Send Dean a message, and write your elected Democratic representatives.
Finally, via AMERICAblog -- a full compilation of TV coverage (courtesy of BlogPac) on White House Hooker JeffJohnGannonGuckert. Go check it out at Crooks and Liars.
Sayonara, partners. I'll see ya' when I change my briefs.
The Log Cabin on Gannon: Zero
It's interesting, you can't find one, not ONE quote from a Log Cabin Republican on GannonGate. Somebody threw down the gauntlet. I mean, they must have! Sheesh, it just seems that reporters must have asked some of them for their opinions, but nope they ain't talking. None of 'em. How's that for discipline? The closest I could find is Republican blogger Gay Patriot:
I hereby say that allowing Gannon access to the White House Press Room was stupid, sloppy and dangerous. Who knows who is responsible, or was asleep at the wheel. If all the blame lies with the Secret Service or other fail-safe measures, I'd like to know.Now, he also makes reference to the personal life of Gannon/Guckert, stating: "I agree with Jonah, this is a well-thought out position from the left that doesn't involve digging into someone's personal life and exploiting it."
If in fact this was some Republican media plant in the White House, then this is very stupid and reckless and someone in the Bush White House should be held accountable.
You know, I'm sick of this! His photos, nude photos, were on websites! Websites he controlled! He posted them willingly! Give me a break -- my heart just bleeds for poor JohnJeff and his horrible loss of privacy! His 12-year niece or nephew could have found them! His personal life quit being personal the moment that he posted pictures on a commerical escort site -- period. End of story. It's not like we outed his vanilla dating profile at gay.com.
P.S.Wayne Mattson has some thoughts on the Blog Cabin Republican -- I just loved this bit on The Daily Show! And for all things Gannon, make sure to check out AMERICAblog.