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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Monday, December 04, 2006

Son of Right Wing Amnesia...

...that strange congenital condition whereby Conservatives' memories are selectively erased, seems to have struck Powerline! Fortunately, TPM Muckraker is here to help.

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Blogger WayneDawg said...

Just to make sure the playing field is even; let's not forget this.....


- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

* According to our best information, 40 government officials were indicted or convicted in the wake of Watergate. A reader computes that there was a total of 31 Reagan era convictions, including 14 because of Iran-Contra and 16 in the Department of Housing & Urban Development scandal. 47 individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes with 33 of these occurring during the Clinton administration itself. There were in addition 61 indictments or misdemeanor charges. 14 persons were imprisoned.

A key difference between the Clinton story and Bush was the number of criminals with whom he was associated before entering the White House.

12/07/2006 6:57 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Oh, cool! I didn't realize we got to use not only things people were never charged with or were acquitted of but also whatever they were "accused of"! That sounds like a great standard! Also, there's no such thing as "personal malfeasance." Also, the whole "Clinton did it, too!" bit is getting kind of stale, six years after he's left office. Also, who became President promising to "restore honor" to the White House? Also, if you're going to delve into bizarro, tinfoil hat conspiracy theories about Hillary killing off witnesses, then this whole debate becomes meaningless. You have to keep at least one foot in reality at all times.

12/07/2006 10:34 PM  

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