Monday, May 21, 2007

Scandal, Thy Name is Monica

How ironic. On a cold and sleepy January morn, almost a decade ago, I spent the better part of an hour phoning various friends of mine, asking them all the same question:

"Have you, perchance, ever heard the name, Monica Lewinsky"?

When each one of them answered in the negative, I replied, "Well, remember that name because that's all you're going to be hearing about for the next year". Sure enough....

Ah! Poetic justice! Dubya's got his very own Monica! This is just too good to be true - literally, the gift that keeps giving and giving! Somebody, please pinch me - I must be dreaming!

A few weeks ago, Congress issued a subpoena to one Monica Goodling, a thirty-three year old graduate of Pat Robertson's pathetic law school, Regents University - a school so mind numbingly awful, it has been rated by the American Bar Association (among others) as one of the worst law schools in the entire Milky Way. To give you an idea as to what a third-rate den of mediocrity the place is, a full two thirds of the graduating class one year failed to pass their bar exams. It is also one of a small number of law schools in the country that doesn't have an ethics course in its curriculum. Would it surprise you to learn that the Bush/Gonzalez Justice Department is littered with Regents grads - hundreds of them? I didn't think so. When Congress informed her that they wanted to question her as to just what her job description under this hopelessly corrupt Attorney General was, she responded, flat out, that she would testify only if given total immunity from prosecution (Interesting!!!) She made this response through her attorney who - one would hope (for her sake) - didn't graduate from Regents University

Monica Goodling (who, by the way, has zero experience as a prosecutor) was given the job of assessing the qualifications of people looking for positions at Justice - which apparently boiled down to asking them such questions as: "Are you loyal to President Bush"? "Are you a registered Republican"? "Did you engage in premarital sex"? "Do you support faith-based initiatives"? "Do you believe in No Child Left Behind"? - important stuff like that. The fact that she needed to have herself immunised means that she probably has a firsthand knowledge of - and might very well have partaken in - many of the hundreds of criminal acts that have been committed by the most overtly criminal administration in the history of the republic - things that George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzalez and Karl Rove would prefer you and I not know about.

The fact is that this administration, in flagrant violation of the law, politicized the Department of Justice. Most of the attorneys who were fired were from key (read: swing) states who refused to prosecute various Democratic operatives for lack of evidence. As the late Molly Ivins once said, "This is soooo Karl Rove 101". During the nineties, in the midst of some particularly mean and vicious political contests in Texas, Rove's was the invisible hand behind the persecutions of a number of people connected to various Democratic campaigns across the state - some of whom went to prison. After years of investigation, it is now an accepted fact that these people were more than likely innocent. Their only crime was to walk into Karl Rove's political cross hairs. No doubt about it, the man is a sociopath. For more on the subject, by all means, read the book Boy Genius by Lou Duboise, Jan Reid and Carl M. Cannon.
Monica Goodling has worked out a limited immunity deal and is scheduled to spill some extremely nasty tasting beans before a Congressional investigating committee on Wednesday morning. Bad news for the Bush Mob! Looking at film and photographs of the First Fool during the last week or so, it's obvious that the hideous little bastard is on the verge of a complete psychotic break down. He has been transparently despondent, almost robotic at times; mumbling his words in a listless monotone that makes him appear almost catatonic. No question about it: the disgusting little thug is going to go over the edge any day now. My biggest fear is that in a moment of utter psychological collapse, he violently turns on someone in the room with him, murdering that person in a burst of cold-blooded, primitive rage - possibly poor little Alberto Gonzalez - the moment the little geek is forced to explain to his pathetically clueless boss that a president can not legally pardon himself. Oh yeah; this is gonna get ugly, campers - extremely ugly, indeed! Here's a little something you can take to the bank: by this weekend, the roof will be blown off this White House. An entire army of murderously angry chickens will soon be coming home to roost. The impeachment of George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney is within our grasp. This despicable, incompetent, nightmare of an administration will not survive the year 2007. Count on it.

You've got to hand it to Jerry Falwell; you really do! Talk about timing! The man chose the perfect moment to buy the farm, did he not? The entire "Reagan Revolution" which Falwell, more than anyone is responsible for bringing about - of which George W. Bush is the rightful political heir - is deader than Jerry and Ronnie combined. The Christian Right, it seems, is starting to focus on other things such as (Are you sitting down?) THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST!! A beautiful and wondrous theology that Jerry Falwell (like so many so-called "Christians" on the right) chose to desecrate throughout his entire career.

In homage to Charles Dickens, while this may very well be the worst of times, it is also, in many fundamental ways, the best of times. And, man, I'm lovin' this!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

For more on the career of Karl Rove, see the documentary, Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential, which is based on the book of the same name by James C. Moore (no relation to Michael, I promise) and Wayne Slater.

Who would like to make a little wager that between now and tomorrow the administration will create some sort of diversion in order to distract us from Miss Goodling's much anticipated testimony? Whaddaya say? Any takers?


At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

WOW!!President Pelosi is sounding better all the time.
Watch all the Swiftboaters jump into the fray, digging up all their lies and distortions to discredit her testimony.
Not being qualified for the job is a hallmark of this bunch of criminals, on the job training is a spcecialty,remember "Brownie's" heck of a job?

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Charles Moore said...

Tom, I do so hope that you are right and that this abomination of an administration is about to collapse. Like little drops of water, eventually the stone of Bushes corrupt and secretive criminal activities will be broken and exposed and then maybe this country can get back on track, if that is still possible.

Last year The New Yorker magazine had a long article about Regents University and it was truly frightening in that their main purpose is to prepare students for government jobs. Monica Goodling is typical of their students; totally incompetent and unknowledgable, yet dedicated to pushing an agenda that destroys anything that gets in the way of the Religious Rights agenda.

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Bubby said...

Tom, I've said it before and I'll say it again-FROM YOUR LIPS TO GODS EAR!! But every time I get my hopes up about this administration getting what they deserve nothing ever happens. I hope she will spill all her dirty little secrets and this house of cards tumbles down around them. What are the odds that women named Monica could be responsible for the downfall of 2 president??? AWESOME

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Bubby said...

PS- I heard you on Randi's show today!

At 6:23 PM, Blogger Grey said...

That's NOT Monica Goodlings picture. It is a picture of a blogger named Susan Shelley - here is a link to her blog with this same picture embedded in it:

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Dear Grey,
Thank you so much for the info on the Monica/Susan mix up. I have made the needed changes. I appreciate whenever anyone points out any error made. WE STRIVE FOR THE TRUTH HERE AN "THE RANT"!!
Tom Degan

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous REGULAR_CONTOUR said...

I caught your shameless PLUG on AirAmerica Radio as well! We could use another sharp liberal in Yahoo Chat's Current Events Room 1 if you've ever tried chat instead of blogging.

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous stillrockin said...

Sorry Randi hung up on you today. You didn't deserve that.

At 6:44 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

No takers from here Tom, re my first post, SOMETHING will happen to distract us.

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Ps Tom WE should have said Karl Rove will come up with a distraction.Since Bush is clueless, brainless and believes like the despots of old that he rules by devine right (Pat Robertson); fails to realize the thinness of the ice he is skating on


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