Nevada Senator John Ensign (R-homewrecker) skates on sex/bribery charges before the Federal Election Commission despite the fact that it is undisputed that his parents forked ovre $96k to his mistress for…what? Services rendered? Silence?
And why does this moral crater slide like butter down the side of prime steak?
Because his parents say they were so moved by their love of their son’s object of desire that they it was just a joy to hand her and her family nearly 100 big ones. It was a gift, you see, and no, not ever, never a bribe.
And the FEC did not spit in stifled laughter at this nonsense. Oh no. They swallowed:
“As a practical matter, it is doubtful that an investigation would produce any additional evidence that would contradict or outweigh this testimony,” the FEC wrote. “Accordingly, we conclude that an investigation in this matter is unwarranted and would not be an efficient use of Commission resources.”
Nothing to see here, move along…
I’m not a lawyer (yes — this is yet another field of knowledge about which I know nothing) so I can’t judge whether or not the evidentiary standard the FEC invokes here is really this constraining.
But there is no way this passes the smell test.
The man catted around; arranged to have his mistress paid off; and he’s good to go.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Republican Party.
With an emphasis on Party.
Update: and yeah, I know that IOKIYAR is old, old news. But I’m antique enough and tired enough that this kind of naked, in-my-face reminder that there is one law for thee and me and one for them…F**k it. I can’t even write a simple sentence about this any more, I’m that pissed.
Image: Eugène Delacroix, “Louis d’Orléans Showing His Mistress,” 1825-6