The reason I ask tonight, as opposed to any of the thousands of other nights when this would have been a reasonable question, is that the Clintonistas are now said to have abused the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to launch a politically motivated ethics investigation of second-generation New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Keeping vaguely abreast of weekly developments in American political turpitude is like drinking from a fire hose of lukewarm sewage, so I don’t have the time or energy to slither down any of the rabbit holes where the most credible truthiness of this awful story may dwell, but I have a few general thoughts on this.
There are a couple of things to realize about the Clintons, things without which their sheer avarice and cravenness cannot be grasped. One is the fraudulence of the Whitewater real estate scam, which was even worse than the Republican nut mob made it out to be. Basically, it was a variety of theft by contract that would have been illegal in any state other than Arkansas. Another is Bill Clinton’s detour from the campaign trail to preside over the execution of Ricky Ray Rector, a convict so retarded that he saved the pecan pie from his last meal “for later.”
These are two bad people. They’ll gladly kill the most incompetent prisoner in the penitentiary, steal the life’s savings of workaday burghers, strand whistleblowers in the transit lounges of foreign airports, and ape the bigotries and bloodlusts of their coarsest constituents, all in the ruthless pursuit of their own political power and personal wealth. When they’re accused of ordering gangland murders, my question isn’t whether they’re morally capable of such a thing, but whether they’re logistically and politically capable of pulling it off without fatal blowback. They obviously have the character for such a job.
If Hillary’s people in fact contrived a bogus federal ethics investigation of Cuomo the Younger, it’s certainly in character. If Preet Bharara was complicit in it, let alone active, that’s just sad. Barring strong evidence to that effect, however, I doubt it. It’s more likely that some cutthroat AUSA’s took it upon themselves to subvert justice on the reasoning that they’d be able to keep Cuomo under a cloud of popular suspicion for months, if not years, until their boss got around to reviewing their case thoroughly enough to quash it. To be clear, a selective investigation initiated with political motives counts as bogus. The feds have all kinds of dirt on everybody, so if they don’t have a dossier on Andrew Cuomo that’s worthy of Kwame Kilpatrick, Clinton partisans going after him are probably just playing around with universal criminality as a means of cutting down their rivals. Other than whatever sorry bastard is in the line of fire at the moment, the only victim of this approach is the rule of law.
The rule of law is an irrelevant abstraction for the rest of us until it isn’t. First they came for the governor, and I said nothing because I wasn’t a governor. Politically motivated investigations are just war by other means, and we’re mere noncombatant civilians in the vicinity of the crossfire. It’s their world; we just live in it.
That, and we don’t vote Hillary completely out of it. She and Bill should be endorsing pistachios on the boob tube, like Rod Blagojevich did. It says something about our politics, something quite ill, that they haven’t been reduced to broadcast nut sales in their retirement from the presidency. Their endless Inferno-style concentric rings of fixers and hangers-on probably help them to this end.
American politicians are often compared to whores, but that’s a terrible calumny. Find me a real whore whose ministrations wouldn’t morally refine the Beltway establishment. Fine me a thousand-acre olive grove in Cheyenne while you’re at it. You’d have to slum it with the tweaked-out Aileen Wuornos crowd to even have a chance of finding a hooker who’d stoop to their level among the normals.
Ladies and gentlemen, your government.