Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Scary stuff from Speaker of the House Hastert:

HASTERT: 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. And I...

WALLACE: Excuse me?

HASTERT: 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. The fact is we don't know where this money comes from.

(again, thank you to talkingpointsmemo.com)

You can see where Hastert has DeLay roots. He's both dumb AND without scruples. Soros is one of the most recognized billionaires in the world, having made his money from his hedge fund activities. It's highly doubtful he needs to tap the resources of the drug underworld. And of course, Hastert operates according to the RNC playbook: insinuate, accuse, offer no facts or evidence, just leave it hanging out there, let the media do the rest.

As further evidence just how stupid this guy is, it wasn't too long ago (this past May) that Hastert publicly questioned John McCain's credentials as a Republican. McCain is a featured speaker at the GOP Convention.

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