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The Democratic Culture of Corruption


Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi can stop clucking now. For the last three years, Democratic leaders cheered GOP ethics woes. Dean accused Republicans of making "their culture of corruption the norm." Pelosi touted cleanliness as a liberal virtue. But with the eye-popping pay-for-play and bribery case against Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich topping a year of nationwide Democratic scandals, the corruption chickens are coming home to roost.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called the breadth and depth of charges against Blagojevich and his Democratic Chief of Staff John Harris "staggering." That's an understatement. Anything that breathed was a potential shakedown target. It's the Chicago way. Democrat Blago's so dirty he'd hit up a children's hospital for money. Oh, wait. He's accused of doing that, too.

Democrat Blago allegedly conspired to use his power to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat as a bargaining chip for financial payment. He explored trading on that authority for an appointment as Health and Human Services secretary or as an ambassador or for installment in a cushy union position. (He discussed his trading scheme with an unnamed "SEIU (Service Employees International Union) official" and unnamed "various consultants" in Washington.)

According to the criminal complaint released yesterday, he also tried to leverage his influence over the sale of Wrigley Field (owned by Tribune media company) in an attempt to get Chicago Tribune editorial writers who called for his impeachment fired — which illustrates the very perils of media/government entanglements I warned about in my newspaper bailout column last week. His wife, Patricia Blagojevich, was apparently in on the thuggery, too. Taking a break from her first lady duties advocating "on behalf of women and children," she is heard in taped discussions about the Chicago Tribune/Wrigley Field deal telling a governor's aide "to hold up that f**king Cubs sh*t.

Ö F**k them."

Pelosi, champion of women as political cleaner-uppers, was unavailable for comment.

Fitzgerald says President-elect Obama was not implicated in the plethora of charges against Democrats Blago and Harris. The national media went out of their way to absolve him, too. But declaring Team Obama's hands clean — especially with Blago crony and indicted Obama donor Tony Rezko in the middle of it all — is premature. (And if you're wondering why I keep putting "Democrat" in front of the accused corruptocrats, it's because the mainstream newspapers can't seem to remember to identify their party prominently the way they do when Republicans are nabbed.)

Chicago's Fox affiliate reports that Obama Chief of Staff and Chicago hometown heavy Rahm Emanuel was the catalyst for the Blago takedown and suggests Rahm-bo tipped off the feds. If so, this raises more questions than it answers about who on the transition team may have talked to Blago and his shakedown artists about what and when. Needless to say, if it were the Republican Bush administration tied to the Blago bust, the White House press corps would be frothing like a pack of Michael Vick's pit bulls.

Democrats and the media can no longer rest on the old rationalization that Blago is an exception to the "we're cleaner than thou" rule. 2008 was the year of Democratic Reps. William "Cold Cash" Jefferson, Charlie "Sweetheart Deals" Rangel, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame "Text Me" Kilpatrick. It was the year Democratic Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson got caught stuffing bribes from an FBI informant down her shirt. It was the year 12 Democratic leaders and staffers in Pennsylvania's state Capitol were stung in a massive corruption scandal involving cash, sex and abuse of public office. And it was the year of multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandals at Democratic satellite offices of ACORN and the SEIU.

The Democrats have met the culture of corruption, and it looks like it ain't just elephants among the jackasses soiling public office.

Michelle Malkin is author of "Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild." Her e-mail address is



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Hey Pelosi, you dipwad, where's your vaunted "Barber Shop" now? We will run the most ethical, transparent administration, is I believe what you said. Apparently, you Dems are good at pointing the finger, but when it's pointed at you, you and the bun kissers in the so called "Free Press" go into circle the wagon mode. Yep, that good old unbiased press that cannot wait to tell you that Larry Craig was a Republican, but somehow just could remember what Blagos' party affiliation was. I'll help you, everytime you hear corruption at any level of government, just think Democrat.
Comment: #1
Posted by: kestrel
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:43 AM
Dahlings! This be only da tip o' da iceberg.
Stay tuned.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Juanito Verde
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:47 AM
Ma'am; the problem is not with the democrats, or with the republicans, but it is with parties in general, and government in particular... We look at the Athenians as some kind of model of democracy, but in their supreme court, their highest official body, the Dikasteria, they had over a thousand citizens representing little over 150000 free men.... Do the math... Now, granted, that was their supreme court, and there had to be many to put bribery beyond reach... We have every representative in the house representing over six hundred thousand... Does any one think that is smart??? You know if you sent only rich people, the situation would not change a lick... People vote their own self interest, and if that is already in their pockets they don't need a bribe.... But; we could afford to do better, and we cannot afford to do worse...So many people have no representative of their choice... Could we not double their number; sending two from each district, or four, or eight...Could our state representatives not do double duty in Washington... Corruption is something we all but demand when we allow so many be denied their voice in Washington... And this does not mean I like a parties.... Napoleon was smart and right to end parties in his day... People need representation, and representatives have got to follow the needs and wills of their electors; and this will never happen while the parties reign, -and while so few represent so many...Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:39 PM
Newsflash: there is corruption in washington. she could have written about any administration in the last fifty years and done the same thing, outing all of the cronies and political hacks. if this were an honest piece of journalism she would have attacked the last administration as well but that wouldn't get her on fox news, would it?
Comment: #4
Posted by: robert
Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:51 AM
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