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  1. Rob D (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 10:04 am

    Didn’t Larry Flint offer $10K for information of any senator sleeping around during the Clinton Impeachment?

    Now technically, he isn’t the DLC, rather he’s a private purveyor of pornography (i like alliteration) so I guess if that’s the kind of people the IL-GOP feels comfortable with, I guess they should go ahead with that.

  2. A E Hansen (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 10:11 am

    I was just about to bring up Larry Flynt also. Sure, not quite the same as this case with the Cook Co – GOP, but I do not exactly remember and Democrats condeming Flynt for his efforts either.

    In both cases very dirty politics, and both sides do it.

  3. nikkos (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 10:25 am

    Hey, if the GOP is OK holding themselves to the same “standards” as Larry Flynt, that’s fine by me.

    And yes, there is a big difference- all the difference in the world, in fact- between a private citizen offering a reward for indictment and a national political organization offering a reward.

    If the Democrats were offering a reward for Bush’s or Rove’s indictment (now there’s an idea…) you can bet your sweet ass the GOP would be absolutely apoplectic, and they would have good reason. But hey, it doesn’t take much to get a GOPer apoplectic- just ask Clinton or Flynt.

  4. A E Hansen (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 12:15 pm

    Well, hey, at least the Cook County GOP is offering a reward for info about ILLEAGAL behavior. Unlike Flynt, who simply wanted to info about embarassing but non-criminal behavior. So, I am not sure that I would say they have lowered themselves to the standard of Flynt. More like somewhere between America’s Most Wanted and Flynt.

    The reward is a stupid idea and likley to backfire on the Cook Country GOP, but at the same time the rage that I keep seeing about it posted all over the blogosphere seems a bit overblown and disingenous.

  5. nikkos (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 12:19 pm

    Keep in mind that Flynt’s goal was to expose the hypocrisy of Republicans like Bob Barr and Newt Gingrich that, while engaging in the Clinton witch hunt, were simultaneoulsy boning women other than their wives.

  6. A E Hansen (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 2:14 pm

    I dunno, hypocrisy may be a bad thing, but it seems to me that government corruption is worse.

  7. nikkos (unregistered) on July 27th, 2005 @ 2:19 pm

    Right, becuase Republicans wouldn’t know anything about corruption.

  8. A E Hansen (unregistered) on July 28th, 2005 @ 10:53 pm

    That is a bit of a straw man replay. Nobody has claimed that Republicans are never corrupt.

    Hell, both parties can be pretty corrupt, and neither can be trusted to police themselves. Partisans are always all too willing to turn a blind eye to a little corruption on their own side. Opposition parties are often the only thing keeping the party in power honest.

    Like I said, the reward is a pretty stupid idea but hardly an outrageous act.

  9. nikkos (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 8:04 am

    Well, I think we agree perhaps more than the comment strand would reflect. You are right that Republicans don’t have a monopoly on corruption- but they are particularly gifted at it.

    I’m the guy that compared Daley to Mayor Quimby (previous post), so I don’t think I’m guilty of partisan blind eye syndrome!

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