Saturday, November 5, 2011
Can you see it?
President Obama's attorney sent a letter to Congressional investigators on Friday, saying the White House would not cooperate with a subpoena requesting documents related to its doling out a $535 million loan guarantee to now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.
The above paragraph is the type of language one hears in a real Washington scandal.
FU to the end. That's how you play hard in Washington.
When information is freely traded or testimony elicited with minimal resistance, the topic is not serious. Sure, someone will probably go under a bus in most "scandals", but if there is information being transferred between Branches of FedGov and testimony given beyond taking the Fifth Amendment, it's really not so much a scandal as it is typical Washington theatre.
Note the differences between Solyndra and GunWalker. Has anyone in GunWalker taken the Fifth? Sure, someone will go under a bus, eventually. But noone is really concerned, not even the Attorney General. If he decides to take one for the Team, he'll land in an oasis of Holy water, unicorns that poop Skittles andf 72 living virgins, and a paycheck from a K Street Lobby firm to match.
This is not an examination of the moral wrongs in Solyndra versus those of GunWalker, only the level of direct personal vulnerability of very powerful people. In GunWalker, there is not one seriously powerful person in any real jeopardy. In Solyndra, someone (probably plural) will go to Federal Prison.
Watch the nuance of news reporting these days and you will see the Spin-Masters actually using GunWalker, actually steering people toward the GunWalker story, when they want people to turn their attention away from something else. What do you think the new "militia" bust is really all about? Deflection.
Start talking about something serious, like Solyndra or EU collapse or the actual balance sheets of BofA or Goldman, and you'll suddenly see news stories about a "new" document in GunWalker, or a "new" connection discovered...
There is always a series of scandals in Washington. Most are genuine. But don't think for a second that Politicians see scandals as bad things...it is the smoke you pop at a hot LZ when you want to get your guys out. Many can be used for misdirection and deflection from real scandals. How much have you heard about Nancy Pelosi's family benefitting from Solyndra versus the number of reports about the minutia of GunWalker?
Can you see it?
Posted by K at 5:52 PM