One legacy of the Bush administration and its Republican accomplices in Congress has been turning America into a banana republic. All the label flag pens in the world will ever compensate for this new era of corruption. We’ll probably still be investigating and prosecuting perps in president Clinton or Obama’s second term, Inside the world of war profiteers – From prostitutes to Super bowl tickets, a federal probe reveals how contractors in Iraq cheated the U.S. Then there’s Rick Renzi indicted in theft, extortion
A black cloud that hovered over U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi for more than a year finally collapsed on the Arizona congressman Friday when he was indicted on 35 counts of extortion, embezzlement, money-laundering and other crimes.
The 48-year-old Renzi, once a rising Republican in the nation’s capital, now faces calls for resignation and a possible prison term and fines if he is convicted. He has already relinquished important committee assignments and announced he would not seek re-election this year.
Rep. Rick Renzi (R) is/was co-chair of John McCain’s(R-AZ) Arizona campaign. It seems that Squeaky Clean McCain wasn’t bothered in the least that Renzi was known to be under investigation by the FBI in late October of 2006. McCain still gave Rick his endorsement, McCain In Oct. 2006: Renzi Has ‘ Tenacity, Honesty, And Integrity Beyond Reproach’
I wish I had some great insights when I wrote yesterday that John McCain would ultimately benefit from the NYT story on his lobbyist connections. It was pretty elementary stuff. Following a pattern of Republicans to portray themselves as beleaguered victims of the press whenever some news outlet shows enough backbone to report on their shenanigans. It pays off in getting the base riled up, but just as important it gets the cash flowing,
In other news, the McCain campaign says the fundraising email sent out yesterday that described the New York Times story as a “smear campaign” was its most successful fundraising email to date, but the campaign declined to say how much it raised.
Senior adviser Steve Schmidt said in response to questions, “There was a lot of outrage across the country on the story and the campaign has raised a lot of money in the last 24 hours.”
McCain’s financial dealings and his votes on spending bills are getting a lot of scrutiny. After all he is running as the candidate with unquestionable ethics thus inviting people to take a closer look at his record and how he runs his campaign. McCain’s FEC Problem
First, McCain opted in to the public finance system for the primaries last year. It meant that his struggling campaign would get $5.8 million in public matching funds in March. Now that he’s effectively the Republican nominee, he wants out, because the system entails a spending limit of $54 million through the end of August. He’s almost spent that much already, according to the Post.
This would be the same McCain who challenged Obama to go completely public financing. What an odd coincidence on the timing of that challenge. McCain was running out of money and Obama’s campaign was doing extremely well. Democracy Now takes us through McCain’s work on behalf of Paxon Communication,
SEN. JOHN McCAIN: At no time have I ever done anything that would betray the public trust nor make a decision which in any way would not be in the public interest and would favor anyone or any organization.
Iseman confirmed to the Times she sent McCain staffers information that would later form the basis of two letters in which McCain urged the FCC to reach a decision. The letters were deemed so unusual that the FCC chair at the time, William Kennard, accused McCain of interference. As chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, McCain would apparently be in violation of ex parte rules barring outside pressure on FCC decisions.
Obama’s antedote about the Army Captain was true. Once again Republican wing-nut blogs end up knee capping themselves . They do it so often with such enthusiasm some people are going to get the impression they take a certain masochistic pleasure in being wrong. Phil Carter at Intel-Dump has more, Obama and the 39-man rifle platoon
I talked this morning with two friends who led rifle platoons in Afghanistan. Both confirmed to me that they did, at times, use captured or found weapons or ammunition. One relayed the story of mounting a Soviet 12.7mm heavy machine gun (the equivalent of a U.S. .50 caliber machine gun) on his HMMWV because it was too difficult to get the spare parts needed to fix their G.I. (government issue) .50 cal.
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! ~ Samuel Adams