The Politicization of crime

While it was occurring, I thought it was as demented as it was counterproductive for Republicans to impeach Bill Clinton for job-unrelated behavior that everyone knew was cheesy, sleazy, and dumb, but certainly not the high crimes and misdemeanors in office impeachment requires.  After being trounced in the 1998 midterms, and still going through with impeachment with the remaining votes their lame duck congress temporarily commanded and knowing the whole fiasco would fail in the Senate, it seemed even more aberrant; a sort of ritual self-flagellation destined only to make them all look like the hypocritical, vindictive, and desperate nincompoops they were, and that was even before Larry Flynt essentially gave us new GOP leadership by exposing the inconvenient fact that nearly all of the Republican leadership were doing similar, but characteristically less interesting, things with their own floozies.  ”What the hell are these trashy rubes thinking?”  I remember wondering at the time.  Well, now I know.  They were taking one for the team, laying the groundwork for just a time like this.

They were trying to lay to rest, after their memorably stinging and unsettlingly consequential rebuke during Watergate, the intrinsically subversive and commie-tainted idea that there should be any accountability at all within the executive branch, paving the way for a future Republican Imperial Presidency, wherein their every masturbatory fantasy of dictatorship, so tantalizingly close during the Saturday Night Massacre, came true, and once it did no Democrat could ever again be elected dogcatcher.  Impeachment, and even legal sanctions for executive branch criminality, would be forever consigned to history’s dustbin as petty, partisan sniping, and when they got as close as Nixon did to slaying the annoying beast of a public that still thought the law applied to Our Betters, they figured out as one of the Best and Brightest put it back in the 60′s, “Once we get them to believe that, we’re off to the races.”  Talk about multidimensional chess, while I was playing checkers.

Of course, in the aftermath of Watergate, when a series of tough new laws fell like rain in the path of would-be dictators, this strategy seemed, well, pie in the sky would be putting it mildly, but therein lay the beauty.  Media fawning over Ford’s pardon of Nixon in the face of massive public outrage was their first glimmer of hope.  If somehow “peace” at home could be transformed into impunity for the most shocking crimes, and the dimwitted press could be brought along in the name of “unity,”  the nattering nabobs of negativity that needled Agnew could be turned into mouthpieces and become a cheering section rather than a lynch mob.  Everything would be so much easier, like now.

Ironically, the Washington Post, which stood nearly alone after the 1972 elections in pursuing executive wrongdoing, is now populated with the most corrupt, historically myopic know-nothings of any media outlet short of FOX.  Fred Hiatt, David Broder,Ruth Marcus, David Ignatius, Shailagh Murray, and on and on, have given a whole new definition to “All the President’s Men.”  As though the near-dictatorial presidency we are living under needed any more foot soldiers.  Each day, more dark warnings about the unacceptable danger of cute but rather slow citizens knowing, for Pete’s sake, what is being done in their names are trumpeted more loudly, insistently,  and incoherently.  The greatest danger to the Republic(ans), in their eyes and by their slimy, credulous, and scolding words, is a bunch of woefully out-of-the-loop actual Americans asking impertinent questions, whether they be about where all the money went, or whether it’s unseemly to waterboard somebody 183 times in a month.  The consensus is that it’s only unseemly if you get caught, and even then, only if you’re not Important.  Like David Gregory and Karl Rove, who, despite never having had  real jobs, think they know more than those who do, and have.  Everybody who’s anybody has boarded the Lie Train, and it’s time for we benighted, backward-looking anachronisms to get with the program.

The rote dismissals, sung in the perfect harmony of a choir of angels, is that we have Better Things To Do, especially those of us who are still employed.

Well, fuck you, David Gregory and the piece-of-shit network you rode in on.  They won’t let you dance with Karl Rove in prison, perhaps, but they will in hell, where your make-up artist is waiting.  How does it feel, Media Stars, to be made to look like the despicable, clueless, scum you are by everyone from Meghan McCain to Judy Miller?  Torture is a mere distraction?  From what? Large flying drink incoming.


  1. rmp says:

    What’s happened to your common sense Hag? Don’t you realize that one carelessly accepted blow job is much worse than breaking national and international law over and over for years. Worse than using torture and lies to cook the books and start an unnecessary war. Worse than torturing/killing thousands of innocent men, women and teens, if not children. Worse than blackmailing congress critters to violate the constitution. Where’s your sense of perspective?

    Of course we have to forgive these criminals who meant well but just couldn’t make torture legal despite extensive efforts to do so. Our infallible morality made us impeach a president for a blow job. To save America we can’t investigate criminals and killers who some very stupid Americans elected to office for the best eight years in American history. We owe them so much.

    We certainly can’t allow the M$M to point out the constant lies and misinformation that spews from their mouths because they wanted so much for our country to be the imperial masters of the world. Don’t forget Hag, they are saving us from that socialist monster Obama who wants us to actually pay our taxes no matter how much money we made while ruining lives; destroy our wonderful, best in the world health system; resume pissing off all world leaders; stop helping restore our financial system that did so well without any regulation.

    I could go on and on, but please consider if more Americans take your side how much damage your anger and arguments could do to keeping our national mess intact and ensuring our marvelous, dedicated media does their part to even make the mess worse.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I think there were several blow jobs, not to get technical, but it was the one that reached fruition that everybody got so danged worked up over, what with the DNA and all. And didn’t Leona Helmsley inform you that only the little people pay taxes? But in all seriousness, that David Gregory claptrap made me madder than anything I’ve read in at least several hours. Good snark, though; downright Amity-like.

  2. heru-ur says:

    Perhaps you should not mention still being employed so much; many of us are on the edge of destruction — or already there. And it will only get worse. The Great Depression looms before us. (that other thing was just a rehearsal)

    The basic problem with America is that it is full of people who want to tell others how to live. If I could be dictator for a short while, I would force everyone to at least understand Daoism even if they could not agree to it. It is time we allowed the people to live free and the politicians to live in fear.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Ah, that was supposed to be the point, wasn’t it? As Ehrlichman said during the Watergate hearings, that fourth amendment, (along with the rest of them) have been “pretty much eroded over the years.” Still, I share Glenn’s amazement and horror that the biggest advocates of government impunity are THE PRESS. That’s pretty appalling, and gets worse all the time.

  3. bystander says:

    thump thump

    Is this thing on?

  4. bystander says:

    Okay, CH. After a trip to the tech lab to be deloused my computer didn’t save my login information, so I improvised based on what I remembered as my initial sign up. I’ve since tried an alternative, and it seems to be working just fine. Mystery solved…. I think. ;-)

    • cocktailhag says:

      Thanks, MK. Maybe the nice weather kept everyone doing something non-keyboard related. You had me going there for a minute. I quite understandably assumed the problem was on my end.