Friday, July 23, 2010

Christmas Card-Gate

Politico informs us that, if God decides to abandon the United States and allows for the Republicans to retake control of the House of Representatives come November, then Michelle Bauchmann (and her new Tea Party caucus) will follow through with what the American people want: investigations!

If Republicans take the House in November, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota says that “all we should do is issue subpoenas and have one hearing after another.”
Speaking at the GOP Youth Convention on Thursday in Washington, she said she hopes to "expose all the nonsense that is going on.”
Although I was but a wee lad during the Clinton Administration, I have been absolutely fascinated by the bizarre and un-relenting conservative outrages, often courtesy of the newly-invented Drudge Report, that quickly became full-scale Republican investigations.  There was Whitewater, Cattle-gate, and Travel office-gate among many others.  But by far the most fascinating "Gate" of the Clinton Administration was Christmas-Card Gate. Courtesy of the Straits Times (no-link):

President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton could face charges of "theft of government property" for transferring a White House database to the Democratic National Committee to help raise election funds, according to a government report.
Allegations that the Clintons had authorised the list's transfer have long swirled.
But the report by the investigative sub-committee of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee could be the first step in their substantiation. 
The database, put together with taxpayers' money, is reserved for official White House use.
It includes records of people who attend social events and meetings as well as the Christmas card list
Another example of the liberal War on Christmas?  Perhaps.  But more interesting are the investigations instigators, Rep. David M. McIntosh (R-Indina), and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who can provide us some insight into the future allegations of wrong-doing in the Obama White House--especially if we consider the electoral viability (or lack thereof) of Mr. Gingrich.

McIntosh (courtesy of The Guardian, no-link):

Republicans insist that the political use of public assets is illegal, and are to subpoena Ms Scott to face questioning by the House committee on government reform. Already there are two other congressional inquiries and one justice department probe into the fund-raising scandal, which is now dwarfing the old Whitewater affair as a threat to the Clinton administration - and to Mr Gore's hopes of succession.
"I think it is very serious for Mrs Clinton," said Republican congressman David McIntosh, a former aide to Ronald Reagan and his vice-president, Dan Quayle, who is chairing the probe into the database affair. "It troubles me deeply that Mrs Clinton, a very bright lawyer, saw no problem with using taxpayer funds to aid the political operations of the DNC."

The Republicans are hoping, almost desperately, that the latest fuss over Vice -President Al Gore and Mrs Clinton will reach a critical mass of public outrage. So far, mainly because the public seems to see the affair as politics-as-usual, there has been no dent in Mr Clinton's poll ratings, which are still close to 60 per cent approval.
"This has clearly become the most systematic effort to get around the law that we have seen since Watergate," said the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich. "The total effort is, in fact, much bigger than Watergate and far more insidious."
All this is to say: I am not looking forward to the 112th Congress.



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