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Monday, August 06, 2007

The Conspiracy to find Conspiracy

Why does the Times editorial board has such wood for the Right, Republicans, Conservatives and President Bush in general?

This morning you can enjoy a “Selective Prosecution” according to the board and its Kos like paranoia. One shouldn’t just jump on board in a defense of the Justice Department and treat concerns as though they are not founded; but are they grounded in reality or just wishful thinking. Is it “fear mongering?”

The opener from the board of fear:

“One part of the Justice Department mess that requires more scrutiny is the growing evidence that the department may have singled out people for criminal prosecution to help Republicans win elections. The House Judiciary Committee has begun investigating several cases that raise serious questions.”

Again, don’t treat it as though there is nothing wrong, but “serious questions” are something we have been sorely lacking over the past half decade plus and by far “serious questions” are almost non-existent from the media and Left (I’m not sure where “and” comes in as they are practically one and the same).

As an example from one case, back on June 30, 2006 The Times reported on the conviction; one quote appears to be the boards mental smoking gun:

“Mr. Siegelman, a Democrat, called the case a ruthless campaign tactic by Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican who defeated him four years ago. During the trial, Mr. Siegelman campaigned unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor, sometimes soliciting votes on the courthouse steps.”

Investigations of wrongdoing may be appropriate and the prosecution by Steven Biskupic Georgia Thompson appears to be a good case in point, but over zealous prosecution does not a conspiracy make.

There has been a rabid response from Democrats, the Left and media from roughly day one of the Bush Administration and those in opposition to him have screamed that the sky is falling from the day of inauguration; how can we ever take any of them seriously?

To this blogger, The Times and especially its editorial board makes daily the sound of the Kos site albeit, nicer language, but the tone and accusation is unmistakable. What is additionally amusing is the apparent “conspiracy” to find “conspiracy” in Bush et al; maybe we should investigate that, but that would probably just be paranoia.

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