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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Friday, January 27, 2006

Bluntly Put. . .

Matt Taibbi, covering the new GOP "Congressional Reform" Efforts:

There are three candidates for the leadership spot, who represent three
distinct strategies for dealing with the current crisis. The front-runner is the
acting leader, Blunt, who pointedly represents a strategy of doing nothing at
all. Blunt's biography is brimming with the kind of pornographic devotion to
money and corporate privilege that was a prerequisite for political success in
the good old days.

The Missouri congressman three years ago ditched his wife for a Phillip
Morris lobbyist named Abigail Perlman, whom he subsequently married; it's been a
profitable marriage, as Phillip Morris (now called Altria) has donated more than
$270,000 to committees tied to Blunt. Meanwhile, Blunt's son Andrew is also an
Altria lobbyist, and Blunt's other son, Matt, is governor of his home state --
elected, conveniently, with the help of funds from Altria. One gets the
impression that the whole family spends its holidays sitting in a circle,
two-fistedly smoking Chesterfields while handing each other wads of
hundred-dollar bills.

Blunt's hands are also wet with the blood of the Abramoff scandal; as
party whip he co-signed (with DeLay) letters on behalf of a Louisiana Indian
tribe represented by Abramoff. Meanwhile, Abramoff is one of the first names on
the list of 2004 individual donors to Blunt's PAC, the sickeningly named Rely on
Your Beliefs fund.

Blunt appears to be the choice for majority leader in the event that
the party concludes that it still has a chance to get away with absolutely
everything, Abramoff trial be damned. But the next choice, Ohio long-timer John
Boehner, appears to be the cosmetic fallback position should the party conclude
that business can go back to operating as usual only after a few carefully
chosen heads are rendered unto Caesar -- whomever Abramoff decides to give

Full article here