Jun 24, 2004
Team DeLay Goes Soft
Team DeLay vs Team McCain update:
DeLay’s spokesman has responded to Frank Luntz’s talking points, which advised GOPers that “No speech about homeland security or Iraq should begin without a reference to 9/11,” with the following statement:“We shouldn’t use the war on terror as a political tool for the November elections,” said Stuart Roy, DeLay’s spokesman.
Ha ha, just kidding, he did say that but as an argument for why the administration should not release (or be asked to release) the other 20 of the 23 memos Democrats have been requesting. Here’s a rundown of some GOP quotes on the subject, which BTW resolves an earlier question as to the proper team identification of Orrin Hatch:
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, angrily denounced as “irresponsible” Leahy’s demand that the Senate investigate what role the president might have had in contributing to abuses at Abu Ghraib.
“To try to imply that the president of the United States is responsible for these aberrational actions is irresponsible,” Hatch said.
Another Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, accused Democrats of undermining the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and said the outrage over the abuse is “designed to embarrass this administration politically.”
Hatch also said legal advice about how to fight the war should be kept secret. “We are fighting absolute terrorists who would destroy this country and destroy every person involved in our overseas operations if they had a chance, and do it by any means possible,” he said. “If we are so transparent that we tell them everything that is on our minds, then I got to tell you, we are putting our young people at risk.”
But Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it would be best for the administration to release the documents.
“The lesson they (the Bush administration) seem to forget is the information is going to come out one way or another and the best thing to do is to dump it all and get this over with,” he said.
Team McCain is looking pretty lonely right now…
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