Carpetbagger quotes NY Times' Frank Rich: And finally, Frank Rich seems to believe corruption has ruined the Republican brand: “Wrongdoing of this magnitude does not happen by accident, but it is not necessarily instigated by a Watergate-style criminal conspiracy. When corruption is this pervasive, it can also be a byproduct of a governing philosophy. That’s the case here. That Bush-Rove style of governance, the common denominator of all the administration scandals, is the Frankenstein creature that stalks the G.O.P. as it faces 2008. It has become the Republican brand and will remain so, even after this president goes, until courageous Republicans disown it and eradicate it.”
But this really isn't right. Because Bush, Rove, and the rest of them couldn't have done this on their own. They did it because all of the Republicans allowed them to do it. And even now, a majority of Republicans are continuing to allow it. Basically, it comes down to the deal with the devil they made to never badmouth their fellow Republicans. I think that's their blessed Reagan Commandment, that forbids them from ever catching Republican wrongdoing.
And it's something that will never be eradicated. After all, it's all they've got. Being Republican means shutting up and working for the team. And as long as someone is loyal to the team, the team has to stay loyal to them. It's a promise. And so it should be no surprise that they do so much bad stuff. Unconditional love will do that. This didn't come from Bush or Rove. This is something they've all agreed upon. And if they didn't do it, they couldn't succeed. Because it's all about working for the team and following orders. And when the chief order givers are corrupt, then all of them will be corrupt. This wasn't a fluke. This is how they survive. And it's something that will continue to happen again and again.