Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Felony In The White House?
I wondered how long this administration could function with Chicago style politics and its hands paralyzed by ineptitude. Now Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif), who can be a tad loopy at times, has called for an investigation that may have long and deep national and political impacts. The charges: potential bribery on the part of Democratic Party officials for offering jobs, and potential misprison on the part of Obama administration officials for not reporting the original crimes.
The national political scene has not been a hot topic at this blog for some time for two primary reasons. First, it's depressing and, second, you can only eat so many Tums in 24 hours. The potential of this story requires our attention though, as we spin toward another election cycle later this year. All indicators point toward a combative affair that could unhinge the collectivists and seriously damage the once-great party that welcomed them in coalition. That's what happens when the party in power goes beyond one of the most tried and true sayings about our federal government: the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. And just how have they exceeded this axiom? With this administration, the left hand doesn't know what to do and the right hand hopes what they're doing will bring change. Basically, the Obama method has taken a government that usually practices marginal competence to one that practices incompetence.
Such rank amateurism in high places opens doors for more than business as usual. Some of that process may result in noticeable errors. Some of those noticeable errors may result in law breaking. As I've said before in this blog, politics is an often nasty game of compromise. The back room is an essential part of the game and it's a place where the participants don't want to be interviewed for television or see people taking notes. When the left and right hands can't deliver a unified and effective product, the back room deals can boil up into news from the very lips of the insiders. That is precisely what's happening with Democrats Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff and their contention that they were offered jobs to step aside in their respective Senate races.
Frankly, reasonable American surely don't want a repeat of the Watergate years sapping our national energy. Nor do they want their country forced into a nanny state by Chicago style thugocracy. Where to go? What to do? Betty says it all:
Think I'll have a martini.