New York: I could care less about Daschle, who is a sleazy lobbyist in all but title, but this Killefer woman’s withdrawal over a $500 tax lien demonstrates conclusively how dishonest and worthless our Washington opinion makers are. Where was the outrage when Bush took millions from the crooks of Enron? When the FDA was turned into a criminal enterprise, and FEMA into a dumping ground for incompetent hacks? When Cheney conspired in secrecy with corporate crooks to design this disastrous energy policy? When Bush lied us into war? How about a president with a criminal felony conviction, by the way! This is our Ground Hog Press: our guardians of public morality fall asleep for eight years, and awaken when a Democrat is inaugurated. What person over six years old sees the logic in dwelling on minor technical departures from high standards, and saying nothing about leaders who immerse themselves in dishonesty and sleeze as a matter of policy?
Ruth Marcus: Sorry, I think you’re forgetting a huge amount of important reporting and critical commentary about the Bush administration over the last eight years. It feels different when the shoe is on the Demoratic foot but, really, not like there’s been a silent, complaisant press.
Get real, Ruth: The only political leaders you folks in the media ever want to see pay a price for wrongdoing are those who get caught in titillating sex scandals (Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer) or other fun and tawdry episodes that are easy and entertaining to report (Rod Blagojevich, Duke Cunningham). You firmly believe (and write!) that actual abuse of power and the commission of true felonies should be ignored and forgotten when committed by the Serious and Powerful leaders of the royal court you apparently think you serve.
Ruth Marcus: Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. Personally, I hope I never have to cover another sex scandal in my life. But “royal court”?–what, we just serve Bush & Co. in your view and then switch to Obama? I just don’t think that every bad action is the proper subject for criminal prosecution.
Despite what at least one of our commenters thinks, it’s important to push back against these shitheads. I’m glad to see some readers doing that here.