Saturday, August 9, 2008
The Staff Behind The Man
I don’t want to talk about the John Edwards affair because I don’t want to violate that long standing convention in which Republicans get drug through the mud for affairs and Democrats are given a pass because it’s a “private matter”. I don’t want to talk about his hypocrisy for billing himself as the model of the family man while getting some on the side. I definitely don’t want to talk about the fact that he promoted this persona while running for president, even using his ill wife as a campaign prop, at the same time he was denying the rumors of the affair. No, I won’t mention any of this.
What I want to talk about are the staff of Democratic officials. It’s really kind of unfortunate that these officials get attacked in some of the media when it’s actually their staff that is usually to blame.
Take the case of John Edwards. He has admitted to his own little “private matter” with a videographer this week. While he was getting busy, it appears his staff may have been just as busy as him. We are being told that even though Edwards had the affair, he did not father her child, it was one of his former campaign staff members. So if we are to believe this then it appears that the woman Edwards was cheating on his wife with was cheating on him. It’s getting to where you cannot trust anyone. Now we hear that Edwards had nothing to do with money being paid to this woman, it was a staff member. The word is that Fred Baron, Edward’s national finance chairman made payments to her to keep her quiet unknown to John Edwards. It is nice to have friends like this backing you up. I’m waiting for Edwards to come out and say that it was actually one of his staff members that had the affair for him without his knowledge.
I don’t want to accuse John Edwards of being original though. He is definitely not the first Democratic politician with staff’s that have caused problems for the politicians.
We have an aide to Senator Jim Webb who was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in a bag while attempting to enter the Russell Senate Office Building. The aide said that Webb gave him the gun before he boarded a flight. Webb has denied giving the gun to his aide and said it was due to a mix up among his staff.
There is Al Gore. If people remember, Gore was Vice President of the US before he started writing fantasy novels about raging seas and melting ice. Al Gore also was not involved in the fund raising practices of John Huang a mid level Commerce Department official. Mr. Huang arranged visits by Chinese officials to Gore. Arranged an appearance by Gore to the His Lai Temple in Los Angeles. This was all done to collect illegal campaign contributions from Asian foreign nationals. Of course Gore knew nothing about any of this.
Of course Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) knew nothing about two staff members of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee illegally obtaining the credit report of Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele.
Finally, from the Inept Staff Hall of Fame, we have the Clinton’s. It turns out that if you want to research Clinton and controversy on Google, you have to narrow your search or you get waaay too much information. This husband/wife presidential team had probably the most error prone staff of all times. They only have themselves to blame though, they kept them for the entire eight years of their presidency.
Hillary Clinton had her own campaign staff member getting illegal contributions. He was, of course, working on his own unbeknownst to her. You can’t blame her for not knowing that dishwashers can’t afford to give 10’s of thousands dollars in campaign contributions. I mean, they do get to share tips with the waitresses.
Hillary Clinton also has the distinction among Democrats for having her brother get in the act. Without Ms Clinton’s knowledge, he was out selling pardons by Bill Clinton, who of course also didn’t know they weren’t completely above the board.
Then we have the Rose Law firm billing records subpoenaed in the Whitewater investigation. It seems that Ms Clinton’s staff misplaced them (in a room in their living quarters) for two years.
Finally we have the FBI files in the Clinton White House. This was a case in which the Clinton WH obtained files from the FBI on 340 Republican politicians and officials. The fourth, and last that I could find, explanation for this was that a low-level official using an outdated WH pass accidentally requested the files from the FBI. The WH position was that this was an inadvertent mistake even though the files were reviewed for damaging information that was passed on to a political appointee and locked in a safe for awhile before they were turned over to the FBI. source here:
John Edwards is just the latest in a long line of Democratic politicians who have surrounded themselves with people that have gotten the politicians in trouble. Either these Democratic politicians have a very poor track record in hiring staff, they are not very good at overseeing them, or, gasp, they are lying and the staff are committing these transgressions under their direction. I refuse to believe the latter. This would just crush my belief in them and their ideals.
So, all this time we have been wringing our hands at the damage that electing Democrats could do to the country when all along what we should fear are their staff.