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Giuliani's Bad Week

June 26, 2007

The AP this morning served up a nice summary of what has been a very bad week for Rudy Giuliani. But the former New York mayor and 2008 GOP White House hopeful isn't the only conservative miscreant who's fallen on hard times of late. Mitt Romney, Ted Stevens, James Holsinger and Lurita Doan are just some of the wrong-doers of the right to feel the wrath of retribution.
No doubt, the mayor of 9/11 suffered several body blows last week. First, Rudy's South Carolina campaign chairman Thomas Ravenel was busted for intent to distribute cocaine. His Palmetto State team acted quickly, replacing Ravenel with his racist father Arthur, who famously called the NAACP the "National Association for Retarded People." And the day after Salon profiled Giuliani business partner and accused pedophile Monsignor Alan Placa, former EPA chief Christie Todd Whitman drew Rudy into the quagmire over the Ground Zero environmental disaster. And then there was the story about the self-proclaimed 9/11 hero blowing off the Iraq Study Group. In comparison, getting caught in drag would be a welcome relief for Giuliani.
Mitt Romney, a man pretending to be a conservative for the duration his White House primary bid, joined Giuliani in the school of had knocks. First, long-time Romney aide Jay Garrity left the campaign after revelations he repeatedly pretended to be a Secret Service agent and state trooper. Then, Romney pledge to "double" Gitmo was put at risk by rumors the Bush White House would shutter the facility. And just days later, the Boston Globe detailed how Mitt got a Vietnam deferment in order to serve his Mormon mission in France. While Romney took his lumps this week, his hair remains perfect.
Meanwhile in Washington, GSA administrator Lurita Doan was formally revealed as GOP political appendage in a report this week. A U.S. Office of Special Counsel report concluded that Doan violated the Hatch Act in hosting meetings government employees and Team Rove to "help our candidates." The report was sent to the White House with the obvious recommendation that Doan be dismissed. President Bush, no doubt, will get on that just after he sacks Alberto Gonzales
In Alaska Ted Stevens, the Senator who famously described the Internet as a "bunch of tubes," may see his career down the drain. While his state senator son is caught up in the Veco bribery case, Stevens has been linked to his son's bogus consulting fees from fishery firms and real estate companies. It's no wonder the good people of Alaska decided not to erect a 9 foot state of their senior Senator.
And back in DC, Dr. James Holsinger, President Bush's nominee as surgeon general, is facing an uphill battle in his quest to make homophobia national policy. Apparently, Holsinger founded a church which "ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian". And in 1991, Holsinger authored a paper citing the dangers of "anal eroticism." Taking a page from Alaska Senator Ted Stevens book on the Internet, he also used plumbing analogies of pipes and tubes to describe human sexuality. Holsinger, it would seem, is the worst high-profile Republican physician since Schiavo video-diagnostician Bill Frist.
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