I don’t know Patrick Hynes, so I assume he was writing in good faith, but this piece (via Instapundit) made laugh:
Time to Throw Bad Republicans under the Bus
I think it is time for conservative to begin piling on the Abramoff thing for a couple of reasons. First, liberals are right in this instance. The fact that this hideous wretch climbed to the heights of power under GOP leadership in Washington, shoot, with the aid and comfort of the GOP leadership, is a scandal in and of itself.***
Second, the Abramoff story is not over. Not by a damn sight.***
Remember also that if you were a religious conservative, as I am (more or less) Abramoff had no use for you.***
Finally, we need to understand that the Abramoff rise to power and the GOP’s recent obsession with overspending are symptoms of the same disease: love of government.
Many of you are probably wondering why this made me laugh. The reason is simple- the time to throw people under the bus is when you first learn they are dirty, which we learned about many of these guys a while ago. This Abramoff scandal isn’t new. We have known that DeLay is a crook for a while, and yet people to this day continue to defend him. Duke Cunningham was on the take for a long while. The time to throw these folks under the bus was last year, or years before- not a couple days before Abramoff makes a plea agreement and all the ugly comes out.
We own these bastards now, and we are gonna take our lumps. Pretending we had nothing to do with them will not work, nor will feeble attempts at pretending certain groups had nothing to do with Abramoff and others, as Patrick attempts to claim regarding the religious right. Heard of Ralph Reed? Tom DeLay? Bob Ney? That is the religious right, and they are up to their elbows in the Abramoff scandal.
Finally, the real reason this made me laugh was notice the one reason Patrick doesn’t mention as to why these guys should be thrown under the bus.
Because they are crooks.
Although I do agree with him in the overall sense- a lot of these people need to be thrown under the bus, and it would probably do the country good (if the Democrats were not so damned dangerous themselves), if the Republicans were sent into the wilderness to find their soul for a couple of years.