Taking on the democrats

ArtSpace: Author tracks 'a party and a pattern'

ArtSpace: Author tracks 'a party and a pattern'

April 30, 2006|By Kristin Wilson

Don't be fooled by this book's cover and title.

"Donkey Cons: Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Democratic Party," isn't a right-wing republican rant, but a serious, documented history of the Democratic Party, says book co-author Robert Stacy McCain.

McCain, 46, who lives in Washington County near Mount Aetna, co-wrote this book with Lynn Vincent, features editor of World magazine.

The two journalists constructed the book based on their research of 200 years of history of the Democratic Party, McCain says. "We have about 220 pages and 667 endnotes," he says. "Anyone who wants to go to the same sources we went to and fact-check it, is welcome to do so."


The pair posit that the Democratic Party is much more corrupt and mired in scandal than the United States' Republican Party, although the book acknowledges that republicans have their fair share of corruption.

As proof, Vincent and McCain counted all the members of Congress during the past 30 years who were either disciplined for serious ethics violations or convicted of serious crimes. They tallied 46 democratic wrongdoings as compared to 15 republican transgressions. Those numbers include the most recent controversies surrounding republican congressmen Tom DeLay and former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

"'Donkey Cons' is about a party and a pattern," McCain says. "In terms of absolute, overall numbers, the pattern is very clear that democrats generally have more corruption. If someone wanted to go out and write a book about all the Republican Party scandals, they are welcome to do so. But that's not going to change the three-to-one ratio that we cite. It's not us saying it. It's what the facts are."

McCain calls himself "an ex-democrat more than a republican." He says he was a democrat until about 1996. But since then, he's become disillusioned with the party.

"We are not saying that every democrat is crooked," McCain says. "We are not saying that everybody who votes for the democrats is a criminal or a bad person.

"There is a problem in the Democratic Party, and it's a 200-year-old problem. The democrats have to look at their own party and say, 'What's going on here?'"

"Donkey Cons" traces the Democratic Party back to its roots in early colonial history. It discusses the role of Aaron Burr in laying the groundwork for Tammany Hall - the Democratic Party political machine associated with such famous scandals as the William "Boss" Tweed embezzlement. It looks at gangster and mob influences in the party and at urban corruption.

"The thing with me is that it doesn't matter whether they are democrat or republican, if they are crooked, they need to be gotten out of office," McCain says.

McCain and his wife, Lou Ann McCain, have six children. McCain is an assistant national editor for The Washington Times in Washington, D.C. "Donkey Cons" is his first book.

"Donkey Cons" can be purchased online at,, and at local bookstores.

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