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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Rotten to the core

Abramoff, Safavian, DeLay, Frist.... the perp walk is becoming a daily experience for the moral folks who run our government.

The indictment of Tom "The Termite Terminator" DeLay on corruption charges, and the investigation of Bill "The Pander Man" Frist on insider trading allegations reflect the fact that GOP could soon stand for Going Over (to) Prison.

The DeLay indictment (in true GOP fashion he blames the Democratic prosecutor and the media for libeling his honest moral, conservative roots) is especially pleasing. This sanctimonious moralizer represents the heartlessness of compassionate conservatism.

While proclaiming he is acting with the will of God, he has shaken down all of Washington's K Street lobbyists, telling them that support for the Democrats will get them cut out of the money grabs that pass for legislation on Capitol Hill.

In a spirit of ecumenism, he enlists Jack Abramoff as his bagman, to shake down Indian tribes.

David Safavian, an Abramoff crony and wannabee, handled the less reputable clients, according to this Washington Post account:

"The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee held up Safavian's nomination for more than a year, in part because of lawmakers' concerns about lobbying work for two men later accused of links to suspected terrorist organizations, according to committee documents. Safavian did not disclose his firm's representation of the men until questioned in writing by the committee's staff, and initially failed to tell the panel he had registered as a foreign agent for two controversial African regimes."

Yet this stellar background didn't stop the GOP Congress from eventually confirming him as chief of staff for the General Services Administration, the federal organization responsible for procurement of supplies for everything from pencils to hurricane relief.

OK, so Frist hasn't done the perp walk yet, as opposed to his estimable GOP cronies. But that one will be special. Harvard-trained doctors who engage in telemedicine without a clue deserve a special place in the pantheon.

The noble transplant surgeon turned neurologist in the cause of pandering to the red meat crowd in the Terri Schiavo tragedy is under investigation for insider trading of family business stock supposedly held in blind trust.

Because the Constitution says all Americans are presumed innocent until their day in a court of law (unless they are Democrats, liberals, feminists or other evil lefties) we should really withhold judgment.

But in those famous words of Megaphone Mark Slackmeyer, we know they are "guilty, guilty, guilty."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...The Majority Leader also deserves the presumption of innocence because of Mr. Earle's guilty past. A liberal Democrat, he has a history of indicting political enemies, Democrat and Republican, on flimsy evidence that didn't hold up in court. In the mid-1980s, he indicted Attorney General Jim Mattox, a rival of his ally Ann Richards, on bribery charges. Mr. Mattox was acquitted and won re-election.

In 1993, he indicted Kay Bailey Hutchison, who'd just been elected to the U.S. Senate, on charges of misconduct and records tampering. Mr. Earle was forced to drop the case even before it went to trial. Earlier this year, the prosecutor delivered a widely criticized speech at a Democratic fund-raiser in which he compared his prosecutorial targets to "Mussolini and his fascists" and all but declared that he had Mr. DeLay in his sights."

-- Wall Street Journal

Mr. Earle understood he could get his man merely by charging him.

September 29, 2005 3:22 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

And I presume you think that Ken Starr wasn't burdened by any similiar biases in his $72 million witchhunt? Funny how views change when someone else's ox is being gored!

September 30, 2005 11:48 AM  

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