Monday, August 30, 2004

Republican house speaker Denny Hastert -- offensive and stupid, a bad combination

Over at TalkingPointsMemo, Josh Marshall has an amusing link to Republican house speaker and breathtaking dimbulb Dennis Hastert, suggesting (in that "I'm not really saying it, I'm just kind of suggesting, implying in an indirect sort of way that lets me disavow it later" kind of way) that anti-Bush billionaire George Soros might be getting his fortune from "drug groups".

Now it's not the snivelling, weaselly way he tries to make this an indirect smear that's so annoying: "I'm saying I don't know where groups - could be people who support this type of thing. I'm saying we don't know." That's right, Dennis, you slimeball, you don't know, but apparently, it doesn't stop you from suggesting it.

However, it's the sheer stupidity of the suggestion that's so galling. As Hastert points out, Soros is a fan of legalizing certain drugs, which is, of course, the worst possible outcome for the drug cartels, who depend on draconian drug laws to sustain their market. To suggest that the cartels would financially subsidize someone supporting drug legalization and working against their own fundamental interests is about as asinine as, well, blacks and women supporting the GOP.

Oh, wait ...

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