Friday, January 2, 2009

Republican Rats Scuttle Off Ship of State

Don't say that Republican lobbyists, campaign staffers and Bush administration aides don't stick to their principles: They really do hate government and are proving it by avoiding Barack Obama's inauguration in two and a half weeks.

Jonathan Martin of reports:
“What better way to mark the Obama Inauguration (and his millions of adoring fans that will be in DC) than to get out of town to fabulous Las Vegas!” wrote Charlie Spies, a Republican lawyer and former CFO to Mitt Romney’s campaign in a blast email to GOP friends. “We hope you can join us for dinner and a fun evening on Monday, January 19th to celebrate the last few hours of our Republican president in the White House.”

Spies and his wife Lisa, a Republican fund-raiser, have gotten about 15 takers so far for this last supper or, as they billed it in the e-mail, their own “Inaugural in Exile.”

So, in keeping with the Vacation President, who, during his own extended vacation is promising through flaks that his presidency will "sprint to the finish", Republicans are likewise showing their commitment to addressing the many ills that plague this nation by going off to Vegas and all points of the compass to drown their sorrows.

Says Greg Crist, “I will be pondering the future of my party at a remote location, aided in the conversation by my friend Jack Daniels.”

Like rats leaving a sinking ship, or more accurately, like Hunter S. Thompson and his Samoan lawyer who'd dedicated a certain period in their lives to trashing Las Vegas hotel rooms for no discernible purpose, so Republicans, demoralized by the incoming Obama administration and mantra of change that still hasn't lost its hypnotic power, are getting out of Dodge, having left no two boards nailed together.

Rats only desert sinking ships out of self-defense: They don't actually sink them through merciless and brutal self-interest.

We've gotten in this mess because of Republican lobbyists (especially those who work for the lending industry, defense contractors, etc.) and Republican lawyers (read: torture memos). So it only stands to reason that their commitments would end the minute a black Democrat takes over and puts the kibosh on their eight year-long destructive orgy.

I say good riddance. Washington, DC has been good enough to them and so have the taxpayers. Now it's time for them to leave. The air will smell sweeter, there won't be any counter inaugural and it's only proper that they scuttle off this sinking ship of state at a time when optimism is making a comeback.


At January 2, 2009 at 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Karl needed to stock up on a new set of blackmail photos for the upcoming filibuster pressuring.

At January 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM, Blogger jim said...

Bittersweet irony strikes again.

How very appropriate that the GOP would opt to flee to Lost Wages, Nevada - after all, they gambled away America's economic future.

Maybe (after one last ritual verbal tossing of Bush's salad for old times' sake) some of their Mob buddies will buy them a round on the house.

At January 2, 2009 at 12:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just waiting to see how much the GOOPer White House staff, and other Repigs, will trash their offices (shades of Hunter S. and Keith Moon!) on their last day. Then they'll say "Oh, but the Clinton people did it too! They took the 'W' keys off the computers!" even though this has been proven to be untrue. I'll be half-surprised if they don't try to burn the White House down on their way out. They've effectively burned down the entire country, after all.

At January 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM, Blogger kelley b. said...

These rats will be back.

You can be sure their operatives in the Pentagon and elsewhere will never leave.

When the national crisis Biden and Powell have predicted emerges, look for some very strange and tragic behavior on the ground, to be blamed on the mismanagement of the Obama administration.

Anybody remember the Iranian hostage situation and debacle in the desert- that Boykin commanded as Operations officer?

Bu$hie has been a busy boy planting moles all over DC. Obama had best have his crew go over every office personnel list with a mine detector.

At January 2, 2009 at 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The GOP is in the same mindset as the CEOs of the US. Only think about the next quarter's post, and to hell with the long term health of the company. If one has to kill off the company just to make the next quarter's earnings look good, then so be it.

If the GOP has to destroy America's standing in the world and destabilize the entire global economy just to make the other party look bad, then so be it.

As I've said many a time before, the Democratic Leadership is controlled by the GOP, so don't expect help there. Indeed, Obama's studious ignoring of the constituency that got him elected is yet another example of the Dems being enthralled by their Republican masters.

While I understand Obama's hiring people with experience, that his cabinet is almost entirely Clinton (New Labour and anti-liberal) leftovers really let me down. Not that I ever had any high hopes for Obama, he was always a right-of-center New Labour 'democrat'. I was hoping that he might actually do something called 'change'. After seeing his cabinet, I see that there will be no substantive change.

At January 2, 2009 at 3:35 PM, Blogger larryepke said...

I expect many of them are making a fat profit renting their apartments to inauguration attendees.

At January 2, 2009 at 5:22 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

The real Repug parties will be in a country with no extradition treaties.

At January 3, 2009 at 1:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope Dick Cheney does not conduct war games on Jan 19, from his undisclosed bunker.


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