Apr 24, 2006

New Hampshiregate...

is what I call it.

White House Party-Line Hangover
(Bloomberg) -- To Republicans, the New Hampshire phone-jamming incident is an isolated case of political dirty tricks that took place more than three years ago.

To Democrats, it's a scandal with echoes of Watergate that may reach all the way to the White House.

Republican leaders are facing questions stemming from a criminal case involving efforts to suppress voter turnout in a U.S. Senate election in the state in 2002. Republican John Sununu won that race over Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, helping Republicans retake control of the Senate.

The facts, on the surface at least, are suspicious: dozens of phone calls to the White House by a man later convicted in the case; the national Republican Party agreeing to pay more than $2.5 million in legal bills; phones jammed on Election Day, not only of Democrats but of a firefighters' group, in the first U.S. congressional elections since the Sept. 11 attacks. Democrats say that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff may even be involved.

"The calls to the White House and the relationship with White House staff are a real eye-opener and should be a cause for concern on all fronts,'' said Sheila Krumholz, acting executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington- based research group. "It calls into question who the person was on the end of that telephone line.''

"Ken and Karl, illegal campaign activity is holding on line two."

What goes around comes around. I plan on going through some boxes this weekend to try and find my old bell bottom jeans, powder blue leisure suit and puka shell necklace. I just hope wide ties never come back into fashion. Ack!


Blogger airJackie said...

I see your going backward to the bellbottoms. Well I'll take the four seasons and little Stevie Wonder. Oh ya American Bandstand was so great to be on TV we got in when Dick Clark was the new owner. The Knicks had a basketball tean backthen. And I was a size 6 yes I remember those days and smile alot.
As for the crimes committed during the election looking back Rove got over on Americans big time lets not let him do it again.

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mick Jagger will not give up his hotel room for George Bush for Austria summit..


2:34 PM  
Blogger KitNeill said...

I guess they think voters have forgotten Watergate. Probably true. But dirty tricks always get uncovered.

And then there's Florida.....

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." Adlai Stevenson

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted the Jagger stuff..just did wrong idenity :) sorry

2:44 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

If there are multiple infractions, will you please throw the 18,181 vote count in multiple districts into your little bag of dirty tricks, please?

If you use google, you will see all the hits and all the districts that had EXACTLY the same number of votes cast for R candidates to win in each district where the votes were cast! It is mathematically impossible to call this a coincidence.

3:16 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

we might use the word VOTERFRAUDGATE, what with the Diebold implications.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

California to impeach Bush, Cheney, etc.
Click on my nickname.

Let there be peace!

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Illinois General Assembly is about to rock the nation. Members of state legislatures are normally not considered as having the ability to decide issues with a massive impact to the nation as a whole. Representative Karen A. Yarbrough of Illinois' 7th District is about to shatter that perception forever. Representative Yarbrough stumbled on a little known and never utlitized rule of the US House of Representatives, Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of the United States House of Representatives, which allows federal impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of a state legislature. From there, Illinois House Joint Resolution 125 (hereafter to be referred to as HJR0125) was born.

Detailing five specific charges against President Bush including one that is specified to be a felony, the complete text of HJR0125 is copied below at the end of this article. One of the interesting points is that one of the items, the one specified as a felony, that the NSA was directed by the President to spy on American citizens without warrant, is not in dispute. That fact should prove an interesting dilemma for a Republican controlled US House that clearly is not only loathe to initiate impeachment proceedings, but does not even want to thoroughly investigate any of the five items brought up by the Illinois Assembly as high crimes and/or misdemeanors. Should HJR0125 be passed by the Illinois General Assembly, the US House will be forced by House Rules to take up the issue of impeachment as a privileged bill, meaning it will take precedence over other House business.

The Illinois General Assembly joins a growing chorus of voices calling for censure or impeachment of President Bush including Democratic state committees in Vermont, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Nevada and North Carolina as well as the residents themselves of seven towns in Vermont, seventy Vermont state legislators and Congressman John Conyers. The call for impeachment is starting to grow well beyond what could be considered a fringe movement. An ABC News/Washington Post Poll Conducted April 6-9 showed that 33% of Americans currently support Impeaching President Bush, coincidentally, only a similar amount supported impeaching Nixon at the start of the Watergate investigation. If and when Illinois HJR0125 hits the capitol and the individual charges are publicly investigated, that number is likely to grow rapidly. Combined with the very real likelihood that Rove is about to be indicted in the LeakGate investigation, and Bush is in real trouble beyond his plummeting poll numbers. His cronies in the Republican dominated congress will probably save him from the embarassment of an impeachment conviction, for now, but his Presidency will be all but finished.

3:46 PM  
Blogger SP Biloxi said...

Sounds like a Watergate replica. Instead of McGovern campaign in 1972, it was the Gore/Lieberman and Kerry/Edwards campaign in 2000 and 2004. the Gerbil Administration used the same strategy in 2000 and 2004 like Nixon used to sabotage McGovern's campaign and bug the Democratic Party. But, Nixon sealed his fate with impeachment and the Gerbil will follow the same fate!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Contessa37 said...

Yesterday, I was watching the film "Dick" on Comedy Central which starred Kristen Dunst and Michelle Williams. Very hillarious film.

It made me think about how Watergate parallels today's issues at the White House. I was to young to remember Watergate. I was probably around 5 or six years old when it happened.

5:35 PM  

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