This column by Michelle Malkin contains an excellent survey of various Democrats who have been caught in corrupt actions. I won’t go through her list. I want to make sure readers don’t miss her introductory statement because I think it shows some much needed insight into the nature of how and why corruption is sometimes covered up and sometimes exposed.
Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what’s in it.) I’d love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi’s blink count must be off the charts.
I’m going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue’s gallery reference list. But let’s not be naive. It’s clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI’s GOP corruption shoe will drop right before the elections for maximum distraction and damage.
This strikes me as exactly right. The White House wants to purge the Democrats of any scandalous burdens and then weigh down the Republicans with their sins at exactly the right moment.
When a typical news story about political corruption is published, people are invited to see it as a case of justice being done. If someone brings charges against someone else in their own Party, this is seen as especially praiseworthy.
But there are other factors to consider. Democrat politicians are not just competing with Republicans; they are also competing for office with some number of fellow Democrats. There are circles of friends within the Democratic Party and those outside one’s circle are “frenemies” at best.
But, more important, if you want to get away with corruption, your best strategy is to expose other people’s corruption. This distracts both the public and the media. It also ties up finite law enforcement resources so that no one blames you for not investigating other allegations. Prosecuting Democrats who don’t matter to you is a way to protect Democrats who do matter to you.
Of course, mutual blackmail is always a possibility so that you leave some corrupt politicians alone so that they will leave you alone. But this can happen with Republicans just as easily as Democrats. If we see Democrats in power that don’t investigate or prosecute Republicans, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Republicans are above reproach. It might just mean that the Democrats know that the Republicans have dirt on them.
We can also expand on these observations to realize that criminals are helped in some cases by law enforcement moves against other criminals. If you want to be a well-paid thief-for-hire, it is in your best interests for the police to catch the other thieves that operate in your territory. The cops end up granting you a cartel in the thief-for-hire industry. And if you are able to guarantee this arrangement with a little bribery, then you will have a virtual monopoly.
For example, it seems that the DEA and the Sinoloa cartel reached some arrangement, where we gave the Mexican drug cartel protection and also busted their competition whenever we were able to do so. In return they offered the Feds intel of some sort.
This is a story of corruption you will never see exposed, no matter how much some Republicans make noise about “Fast and Furious.” Since the collaboration goes back through both Democrat and Republican Administrations, it fits into the “mutual blackmail” situation I described above.