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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Annus horribilis

No, no, no. not what Dubya and Dick called that New York Times reporter. Just your basic Latin phrase for bad year. But for who?

Things haven't gone too well for Tom "The Exterminator" DeLay, our erstwhile House leader under indictment for conspiracy. Or for Bill "Long Distance" Frist, the Senate Majority Leader who took time out from his busy schedule diagnosing Terri Schiavo to dump his HCA stocks before they tanked.

Jack Abramoff? His 2006 is going to be considerably worse than the year now ending. Ditto for Michael Scanlon, his partner in scam. Which brings us back to Termite Tommy.

At least Randy "Duke" Cunningham will have someone to talk to at his Club Fed resort.

Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown? Nope, though he certainly had a better year than the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. The private contractors cleaning up in FEMA's wake? Now they'll be sorry to see this lucrative year end, but there's probably more in the pipeline for them.

Same for the oil companies, if not Ted "Bridge to Nowhere" Stevens. Or the folks in the cold states who will have to choose between heating and eating.

Scott McLellan? Well maybe better than Jeff Gannon or Armstrong Williams or the Lincoln Group, but not by much. The MSM? Not really.

The folks in Dover, Pa. better watch out, according to Pat Robertson. I hope they have intelligently designed protection against the curse.

Just a smattering of the outrage and outrageousness of the year about to end. I'd say the overall conclusion is any American who is looking for honesty and decency from the compassionate conservatives who are running us and our nation into the ground is the big loser this year.

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