Thursday, March 01, 2007

Bush politics in a nutshell

Here is a prime example of what is wrong with Republican politics as endorsed and blessed by President Bush. It's a transcript of the exchange between Sen. John Kerry and Sam Fox, Bush's nominee for ambassador to Belgium. The reference to "527s" is with regard to Fox's $50,000 contribution to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth [sic], the group that smeared Kerry during his presidential campaign against George Bush. The dishonesty and hypocrisy stand out like a fire truck among Mini Coopers. Here's just a taste:
Kerry: Well, you don’t think that's it's important as a citizen, who doesn’t like 527s to know where your money is going and how it’s going to be spent?

Fox: Well, I think with most contributors and if you go to the other side of the political campaigns and we give to individual candidates, we don’t know how they’re going to use that money and what…

Kerry: Well at least it's accountable to an individual candidate for whom people have to vote or not vote. 527s as you said are mean, ugly and not accountable.

Fox: I agree with that. I absolutely agree with that.

Kerry: Why would you give $50,000 to a group you have no sense of accountability for?

Fox: Well, because if 527s were banned, then it's banned for both parties. And so long as they’re not banned…

Kerry: So two wrongs make a right?

Fox: Well, I don’t know, but if one side is contributing then the other side…
(transcript from Bob Geiger)

This exchange came after Fox noted what a hero Kerry was in Viet Nam. So how much of what Fox says are we to believe? I wonder if Fox News covered the exchange.

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