Monday, October 10, 2005

American Chronicle: Gut Check Time: Tom Delay, Bill Frist, & Karl Rove -- Welcome to Washington

American Chronicle: Gut Check Time: Tom Delay, Bill Frist, & Karl Rove -- Welcome to Washington

It was announced recently that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was indicted on charges of conspiracy in relation to some questionable dealings concerning campaign funds. Also in the news recently is the possibility that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) is guilty of duplicitously dumping anywhere from $2-$6 million in stock in what looks to be an egregious instance of insider trading. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the president’s right hand man, the untelegenic Karl Rove, coming under fire for allegedly leaking the identity of a covert CIA operative to a newspaper columnist. This is just to give you a “highlight reel” of the many misfortunes our governmental leadership seem to find inescapable these days.

Meanwhile, the country these fellows are supposed to be leading isn’t exactly humming along on autopilot while things get sorted out. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and ‘Brownie’ (formerly known as FEMA honcho Michael Brown) combined to devastate large parts of the South, essentially laying waste to the city of New Orleans. The war in Iraq is spiraling out of control, and the public is beginning to take notice. Gas is a step away from being hoarded in wine cellars, and we’ve got Supreme Court members dropping like flies.

When asked how the White House felt about Republican government leaders being so encumbered with distractions while such a maelstrom of problems faced the nation, spokesman Scott McClellan’s reply was simple: “Welcome to Washington, D.C.”

Apparently, Mr. McClellan feels that politicians dealing with personal scandals as opposed to national crises is just part of the nature of business in our nation’s capital.


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