Michelle Malkin On "Culture Of Corruption"......
John A. Quayle
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Sat Dec 13 22:51:54 MST 2008
The Democratic Culture Of Corruption
By Michelle Malkin
December 10, 2008
Editor's Note: The following column contains language that may be offensive.
Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi can stop clucking now. For the last three
years, Democratic leaders cheered GOP ethics woes. Dean accused Republicans
of making "their culture of corruption the norm." Pelosi touted cleanliness
as a liberal virtue. But with the eye-popping pay-for-play and bribery case
against Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich topping a year of
nationwide Democratic scandals, the corruption chickens are coming home to
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called the breadth and depth of charges
against Blagojevich and his Democratic Chief of Staff John Harris
"staggering." That's an understatement. Anything that breathed was a
potential shakedown target. It's the Chicago way. Democrat Blago's so dirty
he'd hit up a children's hospital for money. Oh, wait. He's accused of
doing that, too.
Democrat Blago allegedly conspired to use his power to appoint
President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat as a bargaining chip for
financial payment. He explored trading on that authority for an appointment
as Health and Human Services secretary or as an ambassador or for
installment in a cushy union position. (He discussed his trading scheme
with an unnamed "SEIU (Service Employees International Union) official" and
unnamed "various consultants" in Washington.)
According to the criminal complaint released yesterday, he also tried to
leverage his influence over the sale of Wrigley Field (owned by Tribune
media company) in an attempt to get Chicago Tribune editorial writers who
called for his impeachment fired -- which illustrates the very perils of
media/government entanglements I warned about in my newspaper bailout
column last week. His wife, Patricia Blagojevich, was apparently in on the
thuggery, too. Taking a break from her first lady duties advocating "on
behalf of women and children," she is heard in taped discussions about the
Chicago Tribune/Wrigley Field deal telling a governor's aide "to hold up
that f**king Cubs sh*t. ... F**k them."
Pelosi, champion of women as political cleaner-uppers, was unavailable for
Fitzgerald says President-elect Obama was not implicated in the plethora of
charges against Democrats Blago and Harris. The national media went out of
their way to absolve him, too. But declaring Team Obama's hands clean --
especially with Blago crony and indicted Obama donor Tony Rezko in the
middle of it all -- is premature. (And if you're wondering why I keep
putting "Democrat" in front of the accused corruptocrats, it's because the
mainstream newspapers can't seem to remember to identify their party
prominently the way they do when Republicans are nabbed.)
Chicago's Fox affiliate reports that Obama Chief of Staff and Chicago
hometown heavy Rahm Emanuel was the catalyst for the Blago takedown and
suggests Rahm-bo tipped off the feds. If so, this raises more questions
than it answers about who on the transition team may have talked to Blago
and his shakedown artists about what and when. Needless to say, if it were
the Republican Bush administration tied to the Blago bust, the White House
press corps would be frothing like a pack of Michael Vick's pit bulls.
Democrats and the media can no longer rest on the old rationalization that
Blago is an exception to the "we're cleaner than thou" rule. 2008 was the
year of Democratic Reps. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson, Charlie "Sweetheart
Deals" Rangel, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame "Text Me" Kilpatrick. It was
the year Democratic Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson got caught
stuffing bribes from an FBI informant down her shirt. It was the year 12
Democratic leaders and staffers in Pennsylvania's state Capitol were stung
in a massive corruption scandal involving cash, sex and abuse of public
office. And it was the year of multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandals at
Democratic satellite offices of ACORN and the SEIU.
The Democrats have met the culture of corruption, and it looks like it
ain't just elephants among the jackasses soiling public office.
Michelle Malkin is author of "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild." Her
e-mail address is malkinblog at gmail.com.
COPYRIGHT 2008 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and
do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.
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