June 21st, 2012
By Peter Le Force -- Democrats are getting a lesson in "hard-ball 101" this week when Darrell Issa's Congressional Oversight Committee voted
17-13 (17 Republicans in favor -- 13 Democrats opposed) to hold United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, in contempt of Congress.
Former Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, went public today, saying that she could have arrested Karl Rove
any day of the week and on virtually any week of his tenure in the administration during the Bush administration, for crimes he committed when he was a key adviser to George W. Bush while he was President. Rove was an unethical political operative who highly politicized virtually everything he touched when he worked for Bush -- saying more than once that he was creating a political and cultural environment and building and highly politicized, extremely opportunistic Republican financial-media-political apparatus that would enable him to guarantee Republicans political majorities in Congress and potentially hold the Presidency for the next 75 years. (Of course when the Congressional elections went against him in 2006 six George W. Bush unchristened him "political genius and "Bush's Brain" and renamed him perhaps the more appropriate -- "turd blossom", a term of negative endearment like many Bush was known for behind th scenes when he was President.
Rove was part and parcel of the lies of the Bush-Cheney regime made up and disseminated and that they used early on in Bush's administration to disingenuously justify the invasion of Iraq on national security and war on terror grounds.
Rove was also a key figure in the outing of Valerie Flame, CIA covert agent and wife of Joe Wilson, the man who blew the whistle on the Bush-Cheney lie the Niger was providing "yellow cake" uranium to Sadam Hussein so that he could make nuclear bombs to use on Americans.
Rove, ever the extreme partisan, also was the perpetrator who pushed for the firing of U.S. Attorneys who would not, falsely or not, prosecute Democratic political candidates on the command of Karl Rove, himself, for partisan political purposes -- to destroy democratic candidates posing a legitimate threat to Republicans Bush and Rove favored, who were running for office -- a move, of course, which reeked ethical malfeasance and which were obviously of highly questionable legality.
But what democrats are learning now, or being reminded of yet once again, as they have time and again for generations it seems, is that when they listen to "their better angels",
as Obama calls it, operating in good faith, allowing for some highly questionable but probably excusable human frailty, and refusing to debase the American political process by turning the day-to-day function and operation of government into a which hunt -- not necessarily to root out bad actors and criminals -- but to inflict political damage to the personal injury and insult to the reputation of what is in many cases quite honest and hard working public servants of the American people.
But Democrats didn't go after Karl Rover when they had him, and they didn't hound Congressman Vitters out of office for patronizing
prostitutes not once but quite a few times -- when it was clearly an illegal act in the state or states in which it occurred. They didn't prosecute Bush's substitute Attorney General Gonzales for violations of treaties and rules of conduct based on accords signed by the United States of America -- nor did the Democrats pursue George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz and other neo-cons for "war crimes" for illegally lying us into war in Iraq.
The Democrats played "patty-cake" with their bitter adversaries, (thinking perhaps, that if they just showed equanimity --
in seeming to savor the role of Mr. Nice Guy -- when they had these nasty Republican operatives and politicians dead-to-rights -- in ethical and illegal acts -- that Republicans might be capable of learning from them -- and would return the favor when the situation was reversed.
So now they are faced with all their old enemies -- still around, and perhaps even more powerful than they were --
and more highly regarded by and with more cache with their millionaire and billionaire buddies and benefactors than they ever had before -- who now see these clearly these "untouchable" political operatives in the new light of the survivability, their clout, and their new found and clearly evidenced impunity from the law -- presumably because of their ever so obvious political "chops".
And Democrats have now had a new object lesson to incorporate into the tactics and strategy of their long and tenuous battle for their political lives -- particularly in light of the scandalous and morally corrupt and democracy killing Supreme Court Citizens United ruling.
And the object lesson is this: if you have the cyclops who is trying to kill you flat on his back on the ground with his hands tied behind his back -- and you do not sharpen your stake and put it in his eye until he is dead -- do not be surprised if one day along your long and winding political you find yourself lying on your back with your hands tied behind your back -- and your Republican adversary literally "jumps" at the chance to push the stake into your eye and out the back of your head and into the ground -- politically speaking.
By Frank Glenn • Posted in Republican Cyclops
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