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Observations: Corruption, Pirro, Hillary, Iraq Elections

Monday, 05 December 2005 12:00 AM

Here is a potpouri of political observations and thoughts:

Last week's stunning resignation and admission of guilt by former Congressman Randy ‘Duke' Cunningham is

Yes, there is another type of corruption that is rampant in politics:

This happens

The facts are otherwise: Legislators have little individual power; they do have collective power, but each Member runs around acting as if he/she is the CEO of the federal government.

Call it arrogance or ego – or both – but too much is promised by these ‘intellectually challenged' officials.

The Abramoff scandal is a different kettle of tea altogether. In this case, the most influential D.C. lobbyist seems to have bought access all over Washington – especially in the House of Representatives. The Justice Department has a full-blown investigation under way, and rumors are flying that up to six U.S. congressmen and at least one senator may be implicated.

This type of scandal – favors or money in return for that all-important D.C. commodity: access to power – seems to crop up every decade or so in Washington.

It comes in part because the party in power is too secure and too ‘comfortable' – and thus it grows arrogant in its power.

It is a good sign of our government that a Republican Justice Department is investigating Republican congressmen. No one can say that the corruption has ‘infected' the entire government.

Hillary is going to sail to re-election here in New York, as the GOP in the Empire State has totally imploded. Their hand-picked Senate candidate, Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro, is a total disaster. After urging her to run, the governor has now begun trying to convince her to drop out. Her husband, according to today's New York Post, is secretly trying to arrange for her to be ‘forced' out of a sure-fire losing race –

Pataki and Mr. Pirro want her to run instead for attorney general, a race that the Republicans could conceivably win. However, her performance on the big stage of this Senate race has been so desultory that her image may be forever tarnished.

The lesson? Hand-picked candidates selected because they are politically correct – i.e., a woman to run against Hillary – are almost always disasters. Merit and candidate skills should be more important that one's gender.

Jeannine Pirro is a lousy candidate. Period. Just because her husband is a powerful lobbyist should not have allowed her to get on the big stage.

In 2008 – and maybe in the 2006 election here in New York – Hillary is going to have more trouble than anyone thought from her

Cindy Sheehan has targeted Hillary for being ‘complicit' in the Iraq war – and has twice demonstrated outside Hillary's New York City office.

The Left – always thought to be the preserve of Hillary – may end up causing her more trouble than we thought.

Hillary – a true leftist radical – has angered these people by voting a hawkish position on the war in Iraq. And then last week she tried to appease her left by blaming Bush for her 2002 vote to authorize the use of force. The reaction about her typical ‘Clintonian play-both-sides excuse' has been universally condemned as crass and political.

She may end up being judged as ‘too cute by half.' (This is probably the only time ‘Hillary' and ‘cute' have been used in the same sentence!)

Moktadr Al Sadr, the black-robed Shia cleric, is running a slate of Shia candidates in the December 15 Iraqi elections. Our government has praised this development.

Hmmm ... interesting. Last we heard, this guy had several outstanding arrest warrants for murder. U.S. Marines were dispatched to Fallujah to try to capture him. We never did get him.

Instead he remains free as a bird, protected by his own militia. And we now praise him for participating in the elections.

As Don King might say, "Only in Iraq!"

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