The International Writers Magazine: REALITY CHECK 05.18.05
GRIDLOCK - PARTs I & 11
Conservative Insider Unloads On Republican Congress
Part Two continued below
Security, Judges, Putin, Iran, North Korea & Political Suicide
I have known Georgetown
for about 15 years now, more or less. He has provided my readers an
interesting and oft times hilarious insight to all things Republican,
while maintaining his anonymity. It is this anonymity that has allowed
him the fresh honesty for and against many policies of his party and
this government without reprisal, and whether I agreed with his assessments
or argued them our deal has stayed the same: He gives me the inside
scoop and his ornery take on it and I print it in this space. Little
edits. No pussyfooting. But during these 15 years, he has rarely, if
ever, displayed as vehement an opposition to his partys direction
and procedure as he did late last month during our most recent conversation.
As usual, the following is a two-part excerpt of almost an hour of his
rants, instigated by your truly to some degree, but it is mostly a candid
and strikingly frank assortment of criticisms leveled at the most dominant
GOP federal government this republic has ever seen.
jc: The accepted theory on George W. Bushs first term was that
he was far more fiscally and socially conservative than his father,
who I know you and many conservatives had problems with, taxes, the
Gulf War, etc. Now that evaluation has to come into question. This government
has its hand in everything from social issues, private affairs of citizens,
restructured environmental issues, Medicare pork, and has managed the
most spend thrift budget ever. And this president, who has yet to veto
a single bill, has rejected none of these subjects.
Georgetown: Ill tell you this, there is a serious and growing
rift in the party between social conservatives, mostly lobbied by the
religious right, and fiscal conservatives, many of which began as hawks
during the ramp up to the war, but who now believe it to be a money
pit, and one that we will not be able to recover from for at least a
decade and has been a detriment to more pressing domestic policies.
Period. This is no longer a maybe or if, it is a real and present danger
to our control of this congress, and one, in my estimation, that will
break the back of the presidents push of Social Security or tax
reform. This war is doing to Bush what Viet Nam did to Lyndon Johnsons
ability to govern the country at large. It is badly run and terribly
administrated, and if there is isnt a mass exodus of Republicans
in the house and senate by late summer on most of the White Houses
agenda, it will be news. These people have to save their asses.
jc: So theres a battle for the heart and mind of the Republican
Party, which ostensibly makes up the United States government right
GT: Take the Tom Delay thing for example. There are many Republicans
who want this guy hung out to dry. This is bullshit. He has given the
Democrats an easy target when weve got judges to be nominated,
bills on the docket, and this John Bolton thing, which is the lynchpin
for the Bush foreign policy in the Middle East. Were going to
shake-up the world politic, right? Let me ask you, do you think Bush
likes bringing in the Saudis and having them read all over the Washington
Post that his proposed ambassador to the UN is being depicted by fellow
Republicans as Attila The Hun? Have you ever seen anything so bush league?
Its dime store politics, and it makes you wonder who the hell
is in charge.
jc: But how does Delays problems factor into that?
GT: This is the same shit we pulled on Clinton. By the time the Lewinsky
thing became public, his ability to govern was nil. He was shot. This
killed the Democrats in the mid-term elections and made him one of the
earliest lame duck second termers ever. Delay is the face of this government
right now. Who the hell wants that? Ill tell you who, George Bush.
His "loyalty" crap is crippling the government and landing
the party in a corner. That bullshit with him walking off the helicopter
with Delay last week was political suicide. I watched that and thought,
"Jesus, weve forgotten how we got here." It sure as
hell wasnt on the back of punks like Tom Delay or Bolton for that
matter, who is a self-serving bureaucrat, who is so far up Dick Chaneys
ass its scary. You think Dick Chaney cares who runs this government
over the next two decades? Hell be lucky to live past Christmas.
jc: Wheres Karl Rove in all of this?
GT: Not happy, Ill tell you that much. But Rove is a campaign
wiz. He concocted the God vote thing. They needed him to rattle the
social cages to bring out the anti-gay, anti-secular, anti anti-war
vote. He did his job. You want him to tell Bush to sell these fanatics
down the river when hes beginning a second term? Why? To save
the party? He works for George W. Bush. His man has won all the elections
hes going to win. Its over. Its our problem now.
jc: But you do support Social Security reform, right? So that means
private accounts, and doesnt private accounts amount to political
GT: You pick your battles in this town. I applaud the president for
his courage to at least broach the subject, but he has to consider that
other people need to win elections beside him. Hes done. He will
try and hammer away at things for another 16 months and then he will
attend a few dinners, make a round trip of the globe, and shuffle off
into the sunset. But then what does he do, hand this party over to social
liberals like Giuliani and McCain?
jc: So how much does Delay and Bolton and Social Security effect the
GT: Killing them. Fucking killing them. And now they want to press the
issue of filibuster reform. Holding up judge nominations is as American
as apple pie. You always think youre going to be in control forever,
but its a pipe dream. There will come a day when the Republicans
will need to filibuster again, and then what? Heres the problem
with restructuring congressional power, your force that to be the issue
and take the onus away from the nominations, which is wrong. You are
supposed to make the Democrats look like stallers and backbiters, not
make the party in charge look like power mongers.
jc: Then Delay attacks the courts with the Catholic League over the
Schiavo case and it looks like youre trying to stack the deck.
GT: Exactly. Now youre playing real life politics.
GRIDLOCK - PART II
Social Security, Conservative Judges, Putin, Iran, North Korea & Political
My conversation with Republican insider Georgetown from the last
week of April continues.
jc: Lets just say for the sake of argument you guys can get some
semblance of this Social Security reform onto the floor. What are the
chances that a compromise can be met?
Georgetown: Before mid-term elections? None. Like I said, there are too
many jobs on the line here. This is the issue, political survival, and
unless it is handled correctly it could swing the power, or at least
senate power back to the democrats. I think it more than a worthy cause,
maybe the most worthy cause, but its political suicide within 19
months of an election. Democratic opponents in certain districts have
already started pouncing. Theres tension building and some of these
congressmen and senators are not going to the mat for this, not if their
on the line, and it is.
jc: In a nutshell, its either the battle for judges or Social Security
GT: Yes. If the battle is waged and stymied on one front, it could halt
the momentum of the other. The ideological war is currently, and I
think dangerously, winning out over the fiscal one, and that is where
main rift between conservatives, fiscal conservatives Im talking
now, not the bible thumpers, and more moderate republicans lies. The
true business hawks have lain low since the election, but they are
barking now. We want the judges, sure. We need to fight back on those
social issues, but I believe if there is a knock-down drag-out it should
be over Social Security and not gay marriage and abortion or other
ancillary moral issues. It defeats the purpose of a congress to be too
far-reaching, especially in this divisive a political climate.
jc: I think Social Security reform is inevitable. It might not be the
convoluted Bush plan, but it is inevitable. The moral issues come and
and come again. So, I ask you, what survives this administration?
GT: Sadly not the reform.
jc: You think its dead.
GT: As a doornail.
jc: Lets get to this governments credibility on issuing threats
other nations, Iran, North Korea, whatever, based on intelligence
evidence compiled by the CIA and selling the inherent dangers to its people
based on the track record leading up to the war in Iraq. Why doesnt
anyone see this as a problem?
GT: Ill tell you why, because were on the righteous course
is not a defense plan; this is a restructure policy internationally. We
have put the onus on nations to cut the shit, not keep us out of it.
This is a change from the Iraq theories of threats by a nation with WMD
after being attacked on our own soil. Iraq was sold on security and then
freedom. Were on the freedom track now. Ridding the world of tyrants.
Tyrants usually insolate themselves with huge weapons pile-ups. This is
now a no-no in the defacto war on terror. I think it a clever tact.
jc: Change the argument to fit the issue.
GT: Right on.
jc: But I dont think you grasp my point. We are now making allegations
against Korea and Iran that are eerily similar to those leveled against
Hussein. Now, in the case of Hussein they turned out cooked, but these
are dead serious. But with the first having been the big thing on the
back of nothing...
GT: It compromises our position internationally? No it doesnt. Weve
already stated in several places on a myriad of occasions that this is
global war on terror. It is on going. It evolves, and it evolves on our
dime and our time. We just move on over to the next bad guy when we see
fit. This is the whole thing. It has to move, like a shark. Its
foreign tactics. Hit and run, pick the target and stay on it. The best
part about this is one of these rogue nations are going to get to the
bottom of the Osama bin Laden MIA shit. You just know someone from Iran
is going to execute this idiot, so they can claim great friend of the
United States and then point the finger if we try and keep them from
building a massive war machine. Im telling you, thats coming.
jc: What do you make of Vladimir Putin? Is it the same old crap, or is
this guy a maverick? And whats Bushs fascination with him?
actually is one. And whats with this proposed meeting in Russia?
GT: Putin is an imperialist. He will fight for his slice of the Middle
East pie. Hes already started. This bullshit with Ariel Sharon,
wherein hes whipping up plans for peace and restructuring settlements
Israel is laughable. He couldnt give two shits about Israel. Its
grandstand to get involved in what he sees as a serious doctrine to change
the political landscape there. Listen, Ive always said that you
tell how your foreign policy is going when everyone tries to rip it off
for their own gain. Putin is the proof that Bushs plan, however
ass-backwards and inept it can look sometimes, is sound.
jc: But doesnt Putin have a right to be involved? Even though I
much of your cynicism about his sincerity. I mean, this is happening in
GT: Sure, he can do anything he wants. Doesnt mean its not
transparent power grab. I think our president might say as much when he
jc: And this accomplishes the "Let me play chess with the Arabs,
your own war zone to gut" doctrine?
GT: Funny. Take it on the road.
jc: One last thing about the world stage. Do you think the Brit
election will mean a hill of beans to the final three years of this
administration or the final months of this congress?
GT: Nope. Small potatoes.
jc: Big ally.
GT: Its a bit noisy for me.
jc: How many judges do you get through?
GT: One. I think one. Maybe two. A big maybe. Its a fair fight.
with a background in these things is complaining. But someone with a
conservative record is getting through. Count on it.
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