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Stevens and Tomlinson Latest GOP Smitings

September 3, 2006

The Avenging Angel, punisher of miscreants of the conservative ascendancy, offered yet more retribution this week in response to the latest Republican buffoonery.
The fun and frolic began with Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens. The Republican porkmeister suffered a double-dose of humiliation just in time for Labor Day. Just days after it was revealed that Stevens was the "Secret Senator" who put a hold on a public database for federal grants and earmarks to contractors, the FBI pursuing corruption tied to oil interests raided the offices of Alaskan Republicans, including Stevens' son Ben. Stevens is concerned about the cost of the database, the Angels nods, in much the same way that the Internet is "a series of tubes."
Meanwhile, President Bush's one-time Minister of Disinformation at PBS Kenneth Tomlinson suffered another devastating blow this week. In November, Tomlinson cut short his effort to steer Big Bird to the right after a damning report showed ethics violations in hiring and recruiting. Now, new revelations claim Tomlinson as chairman of the board that oversees the Voice of America put friends on the payroll and funding a "horse racing operation" with government dollars. Perhaps, the Angel muses, that's what conservatives mean when they talk about privatizing public broadcasting.


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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