September 29, 2006

THE ARROGANCE OF POWERLESSNESS:

Menendez's Firing of Staffer Buoys New Jersey GOP Hopes (Shailagh Murray, 9/29/06, Washington Post)

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) severed ties with a longtime campaign associate who was taped seeking a political favor on his behalf, the latest of several ethics-related incidents to shadow Menendez as he seeks a full Senate term in November.

According to yesterday's editions of the Newark Star-Ledger and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the associate, Donald Scarinci, was a Menendez childhood friend who became the senator's closest political adviser and a top fundraiser. In a transcript of the recording reviewed by the newspapers, Scarinci asked a client, a Hudson County psychiatrist who held lucrative local contracts, to hire another physician as a favor to Menendez. The psychiatrist, Oscar Sandoval, secretly taped the conversation, which took place in 1999, when Menendez was a House member.

Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D) appointed Menendez in January to complete the governor's Senate term. The Scarinci story follows the disclosure of a federal review of a lease arrangement between Menendez and a Hudson County nonprofit organization.

The revelations have fueled Republican hopes that the New Jersey seat could flip to the GOP column in November.


But the Left and deranged conservatives keep telling us that Republican scandals are a function of their power so we should transfer control to the Democrats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2006 8:26 AM
Comments

For the left any flaws Menendez might have pale in front of wresting control of the Senate from the facist Republicans ... unless they find a replacement for Bob before Nov. 7. Then he's a weasel or non-person and an example of how Democrats clean up after their own.

As for the NRO types, it's easier to get people out of power to listen to your ways to save the country than it is if they're still in office, especially with a presidential election coming up in 2008. This might be valid if you were making the argument about Congress during the head-in-the-sand Clinton years, but when you argue that while at the same time saying the Democrats can't be trusted with the war on terror and remember what happened to the nation's intellegence services when the Democrats were at the height of their post-Vietnam fervor in the late 1970s, to argue the nation is better off with them running Congress for a couple of years means you're just as unserious about the WOT as they are.

Posted by: John at September 29, 2006 9:24 AM

Watch the Dems go further nuts when William Jefferson (D-LA) is indicted around Oct. 20 or so.

Posted by: ratbert at September 29, 2006 11:58 PM
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