August says what needs to be said :
I have become utterly fed up with using “gate” as a suffix. Every major scandal that happens in this country should not be called “something”-gate. We’re already calling the Williams thing Payolagate. Jesus, that’s stupid. Stop it now. Think of a new word.
It’s strange that thirty years later, we’re still using Watergate as the measuring stick for all scandals. Since the current resident at 1600 Penn has been been on hand for quite a few scandals worse than covering up for some incompetent burglars, I say it’s time for a new suffix.
Since there are few things worse than taking petty revenge against a minor political enemy by deliberately leaking the identity of a CIA operative specializing in weapons of mass destruction while fighting a war based on weapons of mass destruction, I can’t think of a more fitting scandal moniker than -Plame. Here’s a few examples :
Payolaplame (or Plameola) – The White House funneling propaganda money to conservative commentators.
Ratherplame – A rather plain scandal involving CBS using sloppy evidence to support a story that still hasn’t been disproven.
Memoplame – Republican staffers breaking into senate computers and stealing confidential memos for over a year.
Nippleplame – When Janet Jackson’s boobie stole our country’s innocence.
WMDplame - Okay, this one doesn’t really work, but it’s not much worse than WMDgate.
EnronPlame – See above.
And those are just the scandals that got names. Anyone have some naming suggestions for the controversies over lack of armor for our troops, the cooked intelligence that lead us to war, the corporate welfare in the Medicare bill, the lies about who benefits from the President’s tax cuts, the complete lack of interest in terrorism by the Administration prior to 9/11, the Pentagon diverting money provided by congress for Afghanistan to prepare for the Iraq invasion, the constant rhetorical links between Iraq and al Qaeda, “Mission Accomplished”, Bush’s lack of interest in the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, the secret meetings of Cheney’s energy taskforce, war profiteering by Halliburton…..