Creative Destruction

December 10, 2006

Target Remains

Filed under: Election 2006 — Off Colfax @ 4:21 am

Tonight, I feel alot like the unnamed tank commander in Independence Day.

Here we have a man who had the political equivalent of a ten-megaton nuclear warhead launched at his head:

Bribery scandals which amounted to being a paid employee of a foreign government. Enough old-fashioned legwork-and-shoe-leather-style reporting from multiple news agencies that uncovered the actual proof required and showed it on national television. Then he essentially renegs on the verbal contract with his employers and runs out of town with a briefcase full of hundred-dollar bills. And finally, the damning evidence of the actual cold hard cash is found in the offending man’s freezer.

In a year like this, I thought it impossible that a corrupt politician would not fall along the electoral wayside. But I see the news reports out of New Orleans and can only repeat what the tank commander said:

Negative. Target remains.

Should this unethical crook be counted amongst the members in good standing when Congress reopens in January, and even attempt to get his old seat on the Committee on the Budget back, then Speaker-elect Pelosi will have handed the new Republican Minority its first moral victory of the 110th Congress: Democrats are just as corrupt as we are, but at least we have the fortitude to remove our corrupt officials from office.

In a year of great victories for the Democratic Party, it really is tough to go out on a down-note like this one. So it is up to the concerned citizens of America, namely those of us who live in districts represented by Democrats, to lobby our representatives to keep one William Jefferson as far from a position of power as possible, and then completely strip him of his office once the Department of Justice gets off its collective hands and brings an indictment down upon his head.

Anything less will only help bring a screeching halt to any ethical reform that the 110th Congress may accomplish.


  1. Hmm. Interesting case of grade A corruption you have there across the pond.

    Let’s analyze the fallout:

    Some not-so-random pieces:


    was heavily favored in black precincts,

    “He’s done so much for us.”

    So you have a guy who is adored by victims of the biggest natural catastrophe in recent US history, that was combined with nearly criminally lackluster government help.

    The target is equipped with Katrina-class barrier shield, capable of withstanding even a ten-megaton political warhead of corruption scandals.

    It looks to me like Democrats have a lose-lose situation in their hands: Go against Jefferson and alienate blacks in New Orleans and possibly in rest of America, or not go against him and get a hit on credibility.

    I suspect they will choose the latter, as I think Katrina may hamper the Republicans ability to use this to a great advantage too, in some extent. As it may be seen as overt race-baiting. So the credibility loss may very well be the lesser evil there.

    It’s “see, they don’t care about the suffering of blacks either!” vs. “see, they have corruption scandals too!”

    (You may note that I did not discuss principles at all. But this is politics.)

    Comment by Tuomas — December 10, 2006 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  2. The alternative to “Target Remains” is “Target is Martyred.”

    Comment by ebbtide — December 10, 2006 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  3. There are several bad apples in this year’s batch of Democrats. I’m a loyal Democrat and I admit it. We have Jefferson, an impeached judge, and an idiot in charge of the House Intelligence Committee. Fortunately, prospects are good that the handful of corrupt members of the Congressional delegation can be marginalized.

    Word on the street is that Jefferson will be stripped of all seniority, the equivalent in military terms to demoting an officer to private.

    Comment by ohwilleke — December 11, 2006 @ 4:22 am | Reply

  4. EBBTIDE: “Target is Martyred.”

    Martyred? Rather odd use of the word there, dude. Care to explain the [extreme sarcasm] upcoming Martyrdom of St. Jefferson [/extreme sarcasm] for those of us who just can’t see the possibility? After all, one does not become the sacrificial lamb by taking the local wolfpack out to the strip bar.

    OHWILLEKE: Word on the street is that Jefferson will be stripped of all seniority, the equivalent in military terms to demoting an officer to private.

    Yeah, I heard that one as well. I’d rather the analogy be a dishonorable discharge after 10 to-20 years hard labor at Club Fed Leavenworth, though. But I’ll take what I can get up front. For now.

    Comment by Off Colfax — December 11, 2006 @ 4:34 am | Reply

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