House Speaker Dennis Hastert suggest that billionaire George Soros may be a drug kingpin.

Speaking of Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, it seems he’s not above engaging in a little smear campaign from time to time when it suits him. Lloyd Grove of the New York Daily News reports on a comment Hastert made on Fox News Sunday where he implied that billionaire financier George Soros is a drug kingpin, or at least accepts money from them.

“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.”

George Soros has been a thorn in the side of the Republican party for awhile now and he’s been donating quite a bit of his money to various independent media campaigns that he hopes will help put George Bush out of a job. That Hastert would stoop to such a low isn’t particularly surprising as he’s done so on more than one occasion. This is just another example of the kind of Republican “leadership” we have in place these days. If they can’t shut you up then they’ll just make shit up about you.

First spotted on Boing Boing which linked to Kevin Drum’s entry on The Washington Monthly.

17 thoughts on “House Speaker Dennis Hastert suggest that billionaire George Soros may be a drug kingpin.

  1. Drug kingpins would be pretty much out of business overnight if most drugs were legalized.  Their profits depend on drugs being illegal.  It’s a lot harder to make money with legal drugs. Hastert’s aspersion … just… doesn’t… make… sense!

    Unless you recognize it as a sleazy broadside to pander guilt by association.  Oh, it makes perfect sense now.

  2. I’m all for making selling drugs legal (heck, even subsidized and government-controlled) if a person can prove that he’s already addicted to a substance.

    That would take care of most drug crime/the drug cartel incomes and still keep a serious barrier against ‘curious’ people who otherwise just might decide to try cocaine because its now legal.

    And the illegal drug pushers would have no interest in getting people hooked, because as soon as a person is addicted, he could switch to government drugs.

    Okay, enough dreaming. Ain’t gonna happen. But it would work much better than what you got (war on drugs) or what we got here in Germany (just look away from all but the hardest drugs).

  3. How dare a billionaire betray his own by authoring a book titled The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power and by donating $12.5M to a Democratic 527.

  4. Well, thanks to Chris Wallace for putting the Republican-Approved words in Hastert’s mouth.  Hastert may have made the innuendo, but his interviewer spelled it out for the audience.  Nice way to launch your smear, Denis.

    Doesn’t Soros KNOW that all rich guys are neo-cons?  Get that man to a re-education camp, stat!

  5. How dare a billionaire betray his own by authoring a book titled The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power and by donating $12.5M to a Democratic 527.

    That’s probably the real issue at hand. ‘How dare you betray us after we gave you a top choice tax cut.’

    The Repubs scratched his back and he said thank you and walked right to the bank.  Vote in hand.

  6. This is how Soros responded: (taken from Boing Boing).

    “You do a discredit to yourself and to the dignity of your office by engaging in these dishonest smear tactics. You should be ashamed.
    For the Speaker of the House of Representatives, even in the midst of an election season, to descend to a level of political discourse where innuendo and slander replace reason, truth and argument is unacceptable.
    This past Sunday, on national television, you suggested that I might be a criminal simply because I have exercised my First Amendment rights to dissent from the policies of the Bush administration…
    I must respectfully insist that you either substantiate these claims—which you cannot do because they are false—or publicly apologize for attempting to defame my character and damage my reputation. “

    Can anyone spell “lawsuit”?

    I’m surprised he (Hastert) didn’t raise the old chestnut about the Jews controlling high finance! After all George is Jewish. While we’re at it why not suggest that Jews are responsible for perpetuating the drug problem too? Probably because extremists have already co-opted these arguments, and the Repubes wouldn’t want to appear unoriginal:-)

  7. Hamilton’s (oops, I mean Soros’) answer to Burr’s (oops, I mean Hastert’s) aspersion was excellent.  No lawsuit could possibly be more effective.  cool grin

  8. Hamilton’s (oops, I mean Soros’) answer to Burr’s (oops, I mean Hastert’s) aspersion was excellent.  No lawsuit could possibly be more effective.

    Hmm… do ya think we could get Soros and Hastert to go over to a certain field in NJ? Hell, I would act as Soros’ second … and I am a dead on shot smile

    That said …

    I think Soros should sue for defamation. It would be beautiful political theatre … unlike the ugly political theatre in the Garden feh!

  9. I am really glad to read all of your answers. So much for turning the other cheek. Slander and defameing character are actionable. And he did it outside the House Chamber so if Mr. Soros wants to he can get all of Mr. Hasterts money. Can he be so drunk with power not to realise this fact.

  10. That’s probably the real issue at hand. ‘How dare you betray us after we gave you a top choice tax cut.’

    The Repubs scratched his back and he said thank you and walked right to the bank.  Vote in hand.

    Soros grew up in Hungary under the Nazis and Soviets. In the last couple of decades he has donated about $5B help former eastern bloc countries to achieve democracy and $1B to a number of causes in Russia. This is the Republican Party’s tactic of trashing the opposition.

    Soros and Hastert – class and crass.

  11. Now that I think about it… we don’t know for sure that Dennis Hastert isn’t a bank robber or a child molester. I’m just saying we don’t know.

  12. He was a highschool wrestling coach… hmm… we do not know that he liked feeling up the youth he was intrusted with. I am not saying he did, just that like Kilgore mentioned, we do not know what went on in the showers after a match…

    Mr. Hastert, when did you stop beating your wife?

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