Republican Party Spending Scandal and the Response It Elicited

In response to a breaking story about money spent by the Republican Party on naughty night clubs, private jets and limousines, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee said the following:

“If limos, chartered aircraft and sex clubs are where they think their donor’s money should be spent — who are we to judge?” said Brad Woodhouse.  “But, this controversy shouldn’t give voters much confidence in Republicans when they say they want to be put back in charge of federal spending — not that their performance the last time they were in charge would have engendered any confidence in the first place.”

I am not repeating this story to smear the Republican Party.  But I am presenting it to say that this Democratic Party spokesman, Woodhouse, should immediately be promoted.  This is the kind of sharp retort that I would expect from the Democratic Party.  When candidate Obama was running for office, his every speech carried precisely the right message.  Since the election, the message has weakend, softened, even fallen off a cliff at times, even as the President has led with reason and judgment.

No doubt the President is too busy working to be crafting every response to Republican shenanigans, but I would like to see Brad Woodhouse take a stab at it. 

On second thought, take out the reference to “stab.”  I would like to see Woodhouse “have a go at it.” 

The nonsense being leveled at Obama is one big “swift boat,” and it’s time someone dropped an anchor.  That’s not too rough a metaphor is it?

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monica r.
monica r6 years ago

ant m says

"and as for the tea party, why soo upset ??? worried they might just take over little man ... get used to it, both Dems & Repubs. things have to change for the American people ...."

Tea Party = Koch-roach brothers. Follow the money. And through their sock puppet elected officials, Lord knows the ARE changing things for the American people:

*repealing laws that ensure drinkable water and breathable air
*eliminating job protections for working people
*shipping jobs overseas while making 500 times what wage earners do
*demanding corporate welfare while denying help to the poor and cutting funds for education

If that doesn't worry you, maybe it should. If not, I hope you enjoy your coming life of poverty that they have planned for all but the uber-wealthy.

Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne6 years ago

I hope both parties can avoid mud slinging and learn to work together.

Nancy V.

DON..........I couldn't have said it better myself.............what a bunch of ()*(&*&^ hypocrites the Republican Party has fact...I believe I should stop capitalizing the party... it's nothing but a defeatist bunch of rich men voting for their own benefit.....

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

Money doesn't stink...

Dan B.
Dan Brook6 years ago

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Jim Steve
Jim S7 years ago

Craig Hemphill "......The jet plane/fuel was on the news and in the newspapers. I do check my facts. I suggest you do the same. Try a legitimate source. You might learn something." WHAT?

Well, since I didn't mention anything at all about "jet plane/fuel", how was I supposed to research something I never cited? Perhaps you should actually read the comments before you criticize them?

Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

These weren't just any sex and strip clubs, in which the Republicans entertained prospective donors. The Washington Post and others reported that these were clubs involving lesbian, sadistic, and bestial acts. So much for the party of the "religious right" and their pretended homophobic, pro-family philosophy.

Michele C.
Michele Capek7 years ago

Is the "new" Republican party the party of sex and drugs? What is wrong with them?

GinLar S.
Larry S7 years ago

Start putting these kind of political figures in the brig for a few days every time they have another stupid attack and maybe that would help change their foolish spending of money they don't deserve to use in their best interests.

April L.
April L7 years ago

Political scandals have been around since the beginning of time. Thanks Marc S., for trying to divert attention from the intrusuve healtcare bill that you so avidly support.

There aren't any political scandals out there in Cali, are there, Marc S.?

Kill the healthcare bill...please read...