Gangster Pride Day

Senate Republicans, having worn out Marc Rich and other trumped-up, Fox-friendly objections to the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General, have finally come out and said what we knew all along, that is, that they have a list of pet crimes that need to be covered up, and Holder’s niggling about a little torture here and some wiretapping there makes him just the kind of goody-two-shoes they can’t abide in that post.  Thankfully, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse called them on it in rather stark terms, pointing out that “legislative pressure” and justice don’t always go hand in hand.  The media, of course, will undoubtedly point out that Whitehouse and the Republicans both have good points, and the truth must lie somewhere in between, while hurriedly  cutting to a scary story about how evil terrorists will soon be released to a cul-de-sac near you.  It’s a pity they fail to see this story for what it is, which in a way is almost as sensational.  No wonder the MSM is in tatters; institutional pressures have rendered it incapable of spotting a hot story when it drops on their heads.

One can easily envision, back in the olden days,  a corrupt big-city mayor, screening a potential police chief by taking him to the back room and explaining which brothels, gambling houses, and drug rings are not to be pestered unduly because, well, a lot of important people would be unhappy, and the candidate gulping nervously as he reluctantly acquiesces.  The Republicans, however, see no need for such “quaint” sneakiness anymore, having openly operated unaccountable, cash-and-carry government for years without the pesky interference of, say,  journalism, and are therefore emboldened to loudly and explicitly demand, basically, that their pimps, drug dealers, and thugs be given the key to the city and a formal blessing on the steps of City Hall.  ”We’re here, we’re crooks, get used to it!”  

This culture of proud impunity, which ranges from stark confessions of impeachable offenses by Bush and bloodthirsty gloating about torture by Cheney,  on down to Randy Cunningham’s  bribe menu passed around a fetid hot tub, and David “diapers” Vitter’s receiving a standing ovation in the Senate.  These people have simply forgotten that when you commit revolting, unlawful acts and obstruct justice, you’re not supposed to flaunt it.  And when you demand law enforcement officials to exempt favorite criminals from more sensational and heinous crimes as a condition of their hiring, it’s better if you don’t just come out and say it.  

What they seem to have forgotten is that most people don’t have the opportunity to write away laws they don’t like, and have few options within the legal system other than to do their best to stay out of it.  While everyone understands that the powerful operate under a different set of rules than the rest of us, no one needs the fact rubbed in their face so brazenly.

Back to your closets, Republicans…  This is one Pride Day no one’s going to be marching in.


  1. rmp says:

    Glenn is so right about the two-tiered justice system we have and of course retribution penal system of the disadvantaged as well. To think that one out of every 100 adults is confined is really scary.

    Your comments pointed out to me how long this two-tiered system has been going on not just in America. When anyone like Glenn points out that we have such a damaging, hypocritical system, many Americans don’t want to believe it happens in our “great” “democracy.”

    I do think that more people including Glenn should keep pushing on the two-tiered system because it is very hard to twist around by the other side. No one can be for a two-tiered system and still profess to believe in our ideals.

    • cocktailhag says:

      I know it’s gotten to be a hobby horse of mine, but back during Watergate, lots of people served, and many more feared, real jail time for their crimes. Today, not so much. That really is the difference; the tiers have developed since then.