Saturday, April 21, 2012
Scandals Schmandals: Republicans, Shut Your Mouths
Republicans need to clean up their own backyards before blaming President Obama for the antics of some horny but tight Secret Service Agents and for the General Services Administration clowns who spent $823,000 on a Las Vegas training session for which mind readers and bonafide clowns were hired.
The powers-that-be acted swiftly and definitively in both cases but according to the Republicans - who always take the moral high ground, don't-cha know - those actions were just an attempt to score political points. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) questions whether the president has the capability of leading the government. “I don’t sense that this president has shown . . . managerial leadership.”
Sarah Palin, the mechanical talking doll, says Obama "has got to start cracking down and seeing some heads roll" - proving to all the world that she really doesn't read the news after all. This empty headed Barbie even offered up some free advice: "You know, the president, for one, he better be wary there of -- when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her."
Given their track record Republicans should tread softly, however.
As scandals go, and up until this point, the Obama administration has been relatively free of the taint of criminal conduct or scintillating sexual affairs. At least compared to the nearly 27 cases during the George W. Bush years or the 10 during the Clinton administration. George H. W. Bush's administration with only three scandals to its credit was almost squeaky clean compared to his son's. Ronald Reagan's administration birthed eight scandals of note and Jimmy Carter's only had one.
Except in a few cases where misdeeds spilled over to members of congress - such as in the Jack Abramoff affair involving Tom Delay (R-TX) during George W.'s reign and the Savings and Loan Scandal involving five senators (four Democrats and Republican John McCain) during the Reagan years - the above scandals are limited to the executive branch.
Of course, numbers alone don't tell the whole story but they do offer a quick method of comparison. For example, during the past 35 years, the number of Democratic scandals adds up to 14, about half of those during the entire George W. Bush administration and just under a third of the total number of Republican misdeeds.
“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.” --- Norm Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post 9/11 World
Source: Wikipedia, which details the scandals and the principle players in the executive, legislative and judicial branches.
*Image: Karl Rove was investigated by the Office of Special Counsel for "improper political influence over government decision making" and for his involvement in other scandals: Lawyergate, Bush White House email controversy and the Plame Affair. Resigned in 2007. The photo shows him being arrested for failure to testify before Congress.