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Trying to Bend Steele

The Washington Post has quite a hit job on Michael Steele on the front page this morning, with an above-the-fold story alleging he violated a number of campaign-finance rules. Despite the purple language and frothy allegations of the story, my in-house (literally) campaign finance law expert says it is far from clear that Steele actually violated any of the increasingly arcane and impossible-to-explain federal campaign finance laws, but of course as we all know it’s the appearance of impropriety that counts for Republicans.

Not until you reach well down on the jump page do you learn this interesting little detail: "The U.S. attorney’s office inadvertently sent the confidential document, a defense sentencing memorandum filed under seal, to The Washington Post after the newspaper requested the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum." Inadvertently sent what was supposed to be a sealed document to the Post? Yeah, sure, and the Post will sell you the Brooklyn Bridge real cheap, too.

Is anyone in the U.S. Attorney’s office going to lose their job over this? Will the Obama DOJ launch an investigation to make sure this wasn’t politically motivated? What would the Post and others have said if this had happened to, say, Howard Dean, during the Bush administration?

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Of course people will be fired over this political misuse of power. Obama proclaimed this was a responsibility era. He would never tolerate this abuse of the investigative power by his subordinates. Or tax cheating.

This is the same DOJ which can't seem to spare the time to indict Frank, Dodd, and Rangel. After a few years of this people will be afraid to admit they're Republican.

I'll also note that this is not the first time that people inconvenient to Obama have seen sealed documents conveniently leaked to the press. Ask Blair Hull and Jack Ryan about that.

you must have misread, we all know that the Post is "fair and balanced." ha.

As I stated in another blog -- I couldn't care less if Steele made a "mistake."

If he's willing to be in the face of the creepy emperor and his marxist minions 24/7, I'll support him. Time to start play THEIR game.

But Steele's going to have to be proactive and set the stage with clarity on every issue instead of being on defense as we always seem to be.
Granted, the left is MSM, but that doesn't mean we accept their premise as RINOs always do.

I admit, it's probably too late, but we don't have to make it easy for them. Let's start shaking that lefty diseased tree -- we know it's got rotted roots -- it just might fall.

I'm rather surprised that Steele was able to clinch the RNC chairmanship when it was just over 2 years ago that he seemed to so desperately want to be a Democrat. Surely a man with ethics like those wouldn't break any campaign finance rules!

As for the leftist WashPost, the day after printing their "hit job" on Steele (wow, sounds violent!), they printed this, this, this, and this. Surely those would serve as some sort of atonement, and ease them a bit closer to being (at least the FoxNews version of) "fair and balanced"?

I'm rather surprised that Steele was able to clinch the RNC chairmanship when it was just over 2 years ago that he seemed to so desperately want to be a Democrat. Surely a man with ethics like those wouldn't break any campaign finance rules!

For once I'm agreement with the wretched Craig Scanlon. Unethical behavior and the desire to be a Democrat seem to be tightly intertwined.

John, I appreciate your "argument" of calling me names.

The point I was trying to make - let me spell it out for you - is that Steele was willing to attempt to trick people into voting for him by having himself listed as a member of the opposing party, and that indicates some ethical impairment.

He's not even a good partisan. A fine example of merely being a cynical opportunist to acquire further power - even if he has to pretend that he's a Democrat to snare some votes (a tactic that, while desperate, actually failed for him), he'll do it. He must be really proud to be a Republican.

As for the intertwining of bad behavior with the desire to be a Dem, you should certainly see this enlightening site.

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