The “Is Denny Hastert an Idiot?” Caption Contest!

And if not, what could possibly compel him to allow his lawyer to threaten the Sunlight Foundation with libel over a real-estate suit, thus guaranteeing that the blogosphere will break out the popcorn and follow everything his counsel does with a magnifying glass?

To begin with, Hastert's counsel has a ridiculously weak argument.

But beyond that, allowing anybody to send out something containing this passage

When it comes to the reputation of Speaker Hastert, there are no idle threats. Instead, there is corrective action – either voluntary or compelled.  

 … when any moron could predict that it was going to go public, is just beyond comprehension:  unless Hastert is an idiot who has lost all touch with how politics works.  On the one hand, yes, folks inside the Beltway tend to lose their perspective on how the rest of the country operates… but on the other, one would expect a keener response from somebody in his position.

We're discovering that this "culture of corruption" cuts through both parties in Congress.  This is one of the areas in which the blogosphere has much to crow about… Congresscritters who regard their safety in terms of legal action ignore the very real threat that public mockery and scorn present to their careers.

To start with, I'm going to start paraphrasing that stupid quote at every possible instance, just because it's so damned hilarious.  It's almost as bad as "nuclear power is our obvious right" over in Tehran…

  1. When it comes to the reputation of William Jefferson, there are no idle bribes, Instead, there are freezerfulls of cash — either recovered or unrecovered."
  2. When it comes to the reputation of Daily Kos, there are no electoral victories.  Instead, there is collective fundraising — either soft or hard cash."

I'm seriously thinking of offering a $20 gift certificate to the winner, except I can't think of a nationwide restaurant chain known for its pork dishes…

Hat Tip: Instapundit

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  1. “except I can’t think of a nationwide restaurant chain known for its pork dishes…”

    Red Hot and Blue

  2. Never seen one of those down here, I’ll see if I can find it.

  3. Anna

     /  June 23, 2006

    Honey, they are right on Macarthur where BD’s MOngolian BBQ is…plus several other locations. Memphis BBQ, pretty decent.

  4. I don’t agree with Hastert’s actions here, but the accusations against him here are eggregious and unmerited. He sold land 5 miles near where a highway will be completed in like a decade. That’s hardly cashing in on legislation. His burden of proof, btw, will be to prove malicious intent. That will be formidible.

  5. Yes, particularly since everything that the Sunshine folks say appears to be true.

  6. blair

     /  June 26, 2006

    When it comes to requests by Don Corleone, there are no idle threats. Instead, there are only offers – refused or unrefused.

  7. blair

     /  June 26, 2006

    When it comes to songs by the Ramones, there are no melodies. Instead there are chords – either A or F.

  8. blair

     /  June 26, 2006

    When it comes to the heterosexuality of K-Fed, there are no idle rumors. Instead, there are alternatives – either, gay or not straight.

  9. Thank goodness SOMEBODY got in on it…


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