Michelle Malkin On "Culture Of Corruption"......

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
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.
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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