Jefferson: GOP and Dems unite to blame real culprit

Whoda thunkit?

The ultra-partisan topic of criminal and ethical misdeeds of politicians should bring together a perfect bipartisan consensus as to the true villain of the piece: the FBI.

The Feds seem rather concerned to hurry along the Jefferson investigation - but the raid on his office in the Rayburn Building (Ah! Rayburn!) has brought squeals of indignation from both sides of the aisle.

The Video Doctor evidently failed to heed the wise words of the Decider:

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) told a wire service yesterday that he was "very concerned" about the constitutionality of the search and had queried the Senate legal counsel to look into it.

No point: Chief Justice Bush has already ruled!

The bull point is, self-regulation is no regulation, and that's something that both sides are generally quite happy with. And now the Feds are mussing their hair.

The Milbank funny namechecks Abscam - when several Dem MCs were caught in an FBI sting.

It is a measure of the dedication of MCs of both parties to upholding the highest standards of integrity that the tidal wave of legislative wrath unleashed by the Feds' operation has frightened them into never doing anything of the same again.

(I've read somewhere that the animus behind the Waco anti-FBI investigations was ire at the presumption of the Bureau in thinking that a tactic pols were delighted to see used on other species of low-life scum could be used against the low-life scum that authorize their paychecks.)

Upside: Jefferson may well soon be eased out of Ways and Means - which leaves a less controversial hole into which Brer Hastings could be decanted.

(Sorry: sick joke at the expense of the Pollyanna Tendency. The CBC apparently has Pelosi's head stuck down a toilet pending the possibility of their brave hero being bilked of his chance to peruse the nation's secrets. Or is it that Pelosi actually thinks Hastings is the Dem most fitted for the job? Either alternative is unpleasant to contemplate.)

Hastings kicker (from his own site's bio):

Congressman Hastings...is a senior Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). On the HPSCI, Hastings is the Ranking Democratic Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The Terrorism Subcommittee is the primary committee in Congress which has direct oversight of the programs and activities of the intelligence community that relate to U.S. homeland security and to counterterrorism, including capabilities, resources, policies and procedures.

Now that's what I call oversight!

Oh - and, in case you were wondering,

As a Senior Democratic Whip, Hastings is an influential member of the Democratic Leadership.


Ain't that the truth!

Tags: abscam, Alcee Hastings, bribery, Ethics, FBI, frist, House, LA-2, William Jefferson (all tags)

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Re: Jefferson: GOP and Dems unite to blame real cu

I believe that the Feds were right, Jefferson is immensely corrupt, and I believe that the FBI had the right to raid his office, and Jefferson should be forced to resign.

by Max Friedman 2006-05-23 01:10PM | 0 recs

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