Monday, August 30, 2004

GOP Targets Soros, Bing, Lewis


On Chris Matthews' Sunday gabfest, on the "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" segment, Newsweek's Chief Political Correspondent, Howard Fineman -- yes, that geek who escorted the pouty Meg Ryan to the White House Correspondents Dinner -- cryptically noted that the Republicans operatives would soon start attacking Democrat 527 moneybags contributors -- specifically mentioning by name George Soros, Steven Bing and Peter Lewis as shady characters who get their money from unseemly sources. They are, incidentally, the top 3 contributors to 527s -- Democrat or Republican.

This monumental shift may already be beginning as Lloyd Grove writes today:

"LOOSE-TONGUED SPEAKER? Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert - having already enraged some New Yorkers with his remarks about local office-holders' 'unseemly scramble' for federal money after 9/11 - yesterday opened a second front. On 'Fox News Sunday,' the Illinois Republican insinuated that billionaire financier George Soros, who's funding an independent media campaign to dislodge President Bush, is getting his big bucks from shady sources. 'You know, I don't know where George Soros gets his money. I don't know where - if it comes overseas or from drug groups or where it comes from,' Hastert mused. An astonished Chris Wallace asked: 'Excuse me?'

"The Speaker went on: 'Well, that's what he's been for a number years - George Soros has been for legalizing drugs in this country. So, I mean, he's got a lot of ancillary interests out there.' Wallace: 'You think he may be getting money from the drug cartel?' Hastert: 'I'm saying I don't know where groups - could be people who support this type of thing. I'm saying we don't know.'"

Don't stand too close to Soros, Bing or Lewis at the cocktail parties, folks, because a shitstorm is headed their way ...

to be continued

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