Crime and Politics
It’s like Christmas in October. I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, all I can do is wait to see what kind of indictments
But we’ve already begun to hear the conservative spin that will likely turn into a tornado: The investigation into a possible White House conspiracy to expose the identity of a covert agent is merely “the criminalization of politics.”
The Repugs are desperate to show that despite controlling the presidency, both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, two-thirds of the Federal bench, 95% of corporate America and huge chunks of the media, they’re still just helpless victims – puppies, really -- trapped in the jaws of a vicious partisan attack.
They’re also hoping everyone will forget that this is an investigation demanded by the
Unfortunately for the GOP, they’ve got it backwards. What we’ve been witnessing over the past five years is not the criminalization of politics but the politicalization of crime.
The Bushies are hardly the first politicians to use criminal tactics for political ends, but no one’s ever used them quite so recklessly or on such a broad scale. The Mafia only wishes it were as good at money laundering, bribery, extortion, and revenge. (For a long but fascinating look at how the Repugs launder money, check out
The Mafia metaphor is apt. Cheney is
But it was also more than that. Outing
Trouble is, this time these not-so-wise guys left their prints all over the mattress. If you believe the latest rumors, perhaps two of the Veep’s lieutenants have flipped and are cooperating with the prosecutor. (You know Cheney would have their heads inside a bowling ball bag, if he thought he could get away with it.)
Like many mobsters, Cheney & his crew may soon become long-term guests of the Federal government--only this time they’ll be staying at the Big House, not the White House. And then the marriage of crime and politics will be complete.