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Friday, September 23, 2005

When Politicos Attack!

Just a quickie update to my post from Wednesday. Michelle Malkin has weighed in on the subject, and links to a Washington Post editorial that essentially shakes its finger at the DSCC for fraudulently possessing Lt. Governor Michael Steele's credit record, but then takes a moment to remind us that Republicans do bad things too - referencing the infamous incident with President Nixon's "Plumbers" and the wiretapping of a Democratic party building in Virginia.

First and foremost - that foolishness happened thirty years ago and, while shameful in its own right, that stuff is long since in the past. Get over it.

Secondly, this lunacy that the theft of someone's personal financial information, strictly on the basis of smearing Michael Steele for having (God forbid!) debt, is somehow just a sign he has arrived in "big-time politics" is just that - lunacy. If I have my credit information stolen and used maliciously, have I arrived in "Big-time" Politics/Stardom/Blogging-Punditry? No, frankly, I haven't. This bizarre idea that it is public acceptance that we let this go as "Capitol Hill politics" drives me insane. When is it "politics" and when is it a flagrant violation of the law that transcends "political need"?

The DSCC had no business going through his finances, and yet we're supposed to just lay back and accept it as politics? God, who would want to be in the public sector if you frequently ran the risk of having your credit report illegally obtained and then used against you?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Well, well.

God, I take a break from blogging (longer than usual, I know - stop reminding me, all two of you), and then the Democrats have to go and pull crap like this and just pull me back in.

It doesn't take a lawyer to tell you that the Democratic Senatorial Committee's possession of Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele's credit records is highly illegal. It doesn't take a lawyer to tell you that, in all likelihood, that their possession of a credit report is only the tip of the iceberg - pundits, experts, and lawyers all alike will tell you that identity theft runs a little deeper than just a credit report. The DSCC now gets to have the FBI shove a probe up their nose, and this half-wit "apology" just isn't going to fly. Their spokesman, Phil Singer, goes on to speculate that other requests for information from the Governor, Robert Ehrlich, and Lt. Governor Michael Steele are being stonewalled to "hide something", dating back to June when this story first started to break. So two "errant" employees then look into Michael Steele's credit record. I guess the two employees throwing themselves on the sword is supposed to be some kind of pennance, right? Give me a break.

What this will look like is the Democrats fearing that a Michael Steele candidacy for Senate will actually happen - and that their washed-up, racist, has-been candidate Kweisi Mfume is going to get the bejeesus kicked out of him. True or not, snooping into someone's credit records just reflects on the Democrats in the worst possible way.

Does anyone else just boggle at the implications that, if they wanted to, any major political party with a few bucks, a phone, and an axe to grind could find out the credit history of not just their opponents, but anyone? The mind reels, folks. If you think a politician, who probably has far-superior means of protecting his identity and sensitive information, can be undone by a political committee, how do you think you or I should feel? Campaign fundraisers suddenly get their names thrown into the press because, God forbid, they missed a car payment. Regular supporters, all the way down to the $20-Minimum-Donation level, might suddenly find a magnifying glass shoved up their ass about a television they bought in 2004. The criminality of this is just insane.

What really pisses me off is that this kind of story - the kind of "See? See how Big Brother is a bad idea?" story - is summarily buried in the back of newspapers in the "Digest" section. The obvious violation of someone's privacy - "public figure" or not - is just not important to the press. Instead it's them getting all in a lather about being called on the carpet for being "stuck on stupid" when it comes to accuracy in reporting a hurricane evacuation plan. Or, here in Maryland, deciding that a Republican political operative, not acting on the Governor's orders, who speculates about Democratic mayor Martin O'Malleys infidelity is front page news.

But it suddenly isn't important that a politician's identity is stolen - especially since he's on the "wrong" side.
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