Daily Archives: September 21, 2007

How to handle a scandal, Republican style

Senator Larry Craig must be longing for a time, not so long ago, when a scandal was handled so expertly, you’d almost say an architect was involved. In his quieter moments, he must be thinking… What Would Karl Rove Do?

Leak information: Call Time’s Matt Cooper and reveal the name of the undercover cop who arrested Craig. Might as well also say the cop’s wife is CIA.

Purge the ranks: Have the Attorney General fire the local prosecutor.

Attack opponent’s strength: Fund a Swift-Boat Bathroom Attendants for Truth commercial: “Minnesota’s bridges collapsed and its senator, Paul Wellstone, died in a plane crash. How dare Minnesota condemn Larry Craig when it can’t keep its own house in order?”

Change the subject: “There’s an unsubstantiated terrorist threat against Boise, Idaho!”

Accuse ‘Old Reliable’: “I’m not gay, but if I were gay, I became gay during Bill Clinton’s Presidency… because of Hillary.”

Blame the liberal media: Done — at an August 28 press conference, Craig said that the “relentless and vicious” harassment by The Idaho Statesman caused him stress and clouded his judgment.

Whisper campaigns: Ask everyone, “Would you be more or less likely to vote for the Senate Ethics Committee if you knew it was run by lesbian pedophiles with secret black babies?”

—From Comedy Central’s Indecision 2008 blog

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OJ free on bail, Homeland Security increases threat level to red

It is not known whether duct tape will provide any protection.

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Cholera in Iraq: US holding up chlorine shipments.

This is going to kill hundreds and hundreds of people, and many of them children.

The World Health Organisation confirmed the first case of cholera in Baghdad, raising fears the disease is spreading.

A 25-year-old woman from western Baghdad was found to have cholera after she turned up at a hospital with a severe case of diarrhoea, said Dr Naeema al-Gasseer, the WHO’s representative in Iraq.

Cholera broke out in mid-August but had been limited to just the north of the country.

Several suspected cases had been reported in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, but al-Gasseer said none of those had been confirmed.

Al-Gasseer said some 100,000 tons of chlorine were being held up at Iraq’s border with Jordan apparently because of fears the chemical could be used in explosives.

She urged authorities to release it for use in decontaminating water supplies.

Bombing is only one of the ways we have reduced Iraq “to the stone age.”

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