Monday, September 20, 2004

Speaker Hackstert

House Speaker Dennis Hastert continues to build up his credentials as a partisan hack.

Hastert’s remarks about the terrorist network that is blamed for the Sept. 11 attacks came just before a $150-a-plate GOP fund-raiser in De Kalb, Ill., that featured Cheney.

“I don’t have data or intelligence to tell me one thing or another, (but) I would think they would be more apt to go (for) somebody who would file a lawsuit with the World Court or something rather than respond with troops,” Hastert said of Kerry.

Asked by reporters whether he believed al-Qaida could operate better with Kerry in the White House, Hastert replied: “That’s my opinion, yes.”

Well, to be fair, it’s not surprising he would come up with such crap when he’s the lead-in speaker for Cheney, who said pretty much the same thing two weeks ago.

It’s not just the political exploitation of 9/11 – no one really doubted that Bush/Cheney wouldn’t milk that for all they could get out of it. It’s the idea that they think that they can convince the electorate that fear is the way to win that is so sad and shameless.