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How the white hat got stained
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, May 20, 2013 | Jim Geraghty

Posted on 05/20/2013 3:42:19 PM PDT by presidio9

Don’t let anyone fool you: Everyone in politics is tempted to believe that their noble ends could justify unethical and illegal means.

Those who had hoped that President Obama would usher in a new era of higher standards in Washington must be shell-shocked by last week’s revelations:

-The Internal Revenue Service admitted to delaying conservative organizations’ tax-exempt status while quickly approving groups that had liberal or progressive orientations. The IRS asked these groups all sorts of invasive questions, including what kind of books they read, and leaked some information to the media.

-The Department of Justice secretly obtained two months worth of telephone records of Associated Press journalists, more than 20 separate phone lines — a stunning amount of snooping into the interactions between reporters and their sources.

-The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly been waiving fees for Freedom of Information Act requests from environmental groups while keeping them in place for conservative groups.

-Gregory Hicks, a career State Department employee whose account of events in Benghazi contradicted the administration’s initial claims that it was tied to a YouTube video, said he was harangued and demoted for not toeing the line.

While there are still chapters to be written in the story of how this administration went astray, one element appears clear: Obama’s crew in Washington, and those who worked under him in the federal bureaucracy, have bent, broken and ignored the rules — all quite certain that they were acting for the greater good. (At this point, it is not clear whether Obama turned a blind eye to all this or obliviously presided over the federal bureaucracy’s transformation into a partisan cudgel.)

Saul Alinsky, the activist whose writings influenced Obama in his community organizing days, scoffed at those who spent a lot of time worrying about whether the ends justify the means. In his most famous book, “Rules for Radicals,” Alinsky wrote, “One has to remember means and ends. It’s true that I might have trouble getting to sleep because it takes time to tuck those big, angelic, moral wings under the covers. To me, that would be utter immorality.”

But you don’t need to be a devotee of Alinsky to conclude that making an omelet requires cracking some eggs.

Undoubtedly, the men and women who made up the highest ranks of the Bush administration believed in a noble end of a free Iraq: dictator Saddam Hussein deposed, weapons of mass destruction eliminated and a functioning, secular democracy in the middle of the Arab world.

It is indeed a lovely vision, one that drove that administration to overlook questions about the Iraqi WMD programs and whether there were enough troops to keep order after the invasion.

Once the war began, one misdeed after another had to be excused or dismissed as a distraction from that noble end: military contractor profiteering, Abu Ghraib prison, an environment of runaway sectarian violence and so on.

Obama debuted on the political scene with an atmosphere of messianic excitement. A July 2008 column by Mark Morford in the San Francisco Chronicle asked, with no detectable sarcasm, whether Obama was a “Lightworker” — described as “that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”

These moments, when self-righteousness shines from every pore, are probably when politicians should be most careful — and since they rarely are, these are the moments when the public should be most vigilant. For almost every scandal is rooted in the belief that what you and your allies are doing is so good, so noble and so necessary that it can justify some moral shortcuts.

The Contras really needed those arms. A President is entitled to a little canoodling with an intern, and it’s acceptable to lie under oath about it. To quote Nixon, “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

Good screenwriters know every villain believes he is the hero of his own story. The human capacity for self-justification can be pretty epic even outside a highly charged political atmosphere in which each side sees itself as the living embodiment of everything that makes America great — and the other side as a motley amalgamation of petty, corrupt, selfish special interests.

And now, we see what happens when an administration and the ranks of the federal bureaucracy become filled with folks who are convinced they can cut some corners because they’re doing the Lord’s work. Or, perhaps, the Lightworker’s work.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bloomisofftherose

1 posted on 05/20/2013 3:42:19 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

I’m trying to figure out how anyone would think that a protege of William “guilty as sin, free as a bird” Ayers, and a practitioner of Chicago Thug Politics would have a “white hat” at all.


2 posted on 05/20/2013 3:46:45 PM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: presidio9

I saw the headline and assumed that there may be a Bill Clinton, or at least a Democrap tie in....


3 posted on 05/20/2013 3:48:43 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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"Those who had hoped that President Obama would usher in a new era of higher standards in Washington must be shell-shocked by last week’s revelations..."

That's not shell-shock, that's drug withdrawal combined with delirium tremens.

4 posted on 05/20/2013 3:48:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: Little Ray
I’m trying to figure out how anyone would think that a protege of William “guilty as sin, free as a bird” Ayers, and a practitioner of Chicago Thug Politics would have a “white hat” at all.

Bear in mind that the readership of the New York Daily News is overwhelmingly "BUSH LIED - PEOPLE DIED" liberal. The fact that they can be made to even consider the possiblity that the bloom is off the rose is a step in the right direction.

5 posted on 05/20/2013 3:51:22 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Obviously only the most gullible could believe that a card carrying member of the Chicago political mob would observe any kind of ethics at all.

Sadly there were many of them in 2008.

By 2012 nobody believed that, but the entitlements gravy was thick enough to buy another election.


6 posted on 05/20/2013 3:54:15 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: presidio9

Now the excuse is “everybody does it”.


7 posted on 05/20/2013 3:57:42 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: nascarnation

“Stained” is a monstrously inadequate word to describe it. The WH is headquarters to an out-of-the-closet racketeering and corrupt outfit.


8 posted on 05/20/2013 4:02:52 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: glorgau

If you look on google image, Obama has NEVER
worn a white cowboy hat.


9 posted on 05/20/2013 4:06:10 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: presidio9
A stained Kepi Blanc?

Mon Dieu!!

10 posted on 05/20/2013 4:06:42 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: SpaceBar

Bunch of rustlers and horse thiefs.
Put’n the Obama brand on every cow
in the county...

Your Ranch? You didn’t build that.


11 posted on 05/20/2013 4:08:30 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Just so we're clear, not all white hats are of the ten gallon variety, and not all men in white hats are heros.

12 posted on 05/20/2013 4:11:48 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

This confusing, theme-challenged piece is the best the poor now hero-challenged NY Daily News can come up with.

OK.

And Eleanor Clift was laughing yesterday on the McLaughlin Group while Rich Lowry challenged her weird points on Benghazi.

Laughter is not appropriate on the matter, not even for her. I took it as a desperate attempt at distraction.

The truth and exposure are awkward and painful for them.

I see it here.


13 posted on 05/20/2013 4:17:56 PM PDT by stanne
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To: tet68

White hat, blue dress, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is that they are stained ;-)


14 posted on 05/20/2013 4:20:57 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: stanne

Actually, Jim Geraghty’s day job is as Rich Lowry’s colleague at the National Review...


15 posted on 05/20/2013 4:20:57 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Did Jim Geraghty write this?

I’ll have to reread it. Maybe I missed the tone. Or he toned it as much as possible for the Daily News.


16 posted on 05/20/2013 4:23:39 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne
Or he toned it as much as possible for the Daily News.

More than likely.

17 posted on 05/20/2013 4:25:47 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

It is rather scathing in the first third.


18 posted on 05/20/2013 4:27:40 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

Geraghty’s an excellent pundit. He offers a “human condition” explantion that doesn’t excuse the president’s behavior.


19 posted on 05/20/2013 4:31:41 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

No one in Washington with an ounce of common sense expected anything more from Obama than what they got.

All they had to do was take a look at Washington’s former Mayor Marion Barry to see how Obama would turn out.

I have to admit though Bathhouse Barry even makes Marion look good.


20 posted on 05/20/2013 5:59:35 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
All they had to do was take a look at Washington’s former Mayor Marion Barry to see how Obama would turn out.

Please explain the specific connection between the two men.

21 posted on 05/20/2013 6:01:38 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Both black, criminally incompetent , Both used Cocaine,Both used their cronies for important positions in their administration, both got almost 100% of the black vote, both racist, is that enough?


22 posted on 05/20/2013 6:29:01 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
Bill Clinton used cocaine. George Bush may have used cocaine. What I'm having difficulty with is why you compared Obama to Marion Barry, a crack addict and convicted felon. If it was primarily because both men are black, you are doing the rest of us on this website a disservice.
23 posted on 05/20/2013 6:33:21 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

I see that.


24 posted on 05/20/2013 6:47:09 PM PDT by stanne
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To: presidio9

Sorry if you feel that way, and certainly since you say George bush and Bill Clinton used Cocaine, that makes the use of Cocaine just fine doesn’t it.

Barry’s time as Mayor was covered with corruption, as is Obama’s administration. Did you know that Barry a crack addict and felon now serves on the Districts city council?
You see he is still supported by blacks, just as Obama is.
If it’s a disservice to point that out, I am sorry, but it’s the fact.

Barry was a racist, dashiki wearing Community Organizer, just as Obama was. I assume you have seen Obama dressed in his African garb.

IMO if you ignore the fact that Obama is black you do a disservice to this website, you see it isn’t me who has called him black. He gave himself that label. He used it in a speech just yesterday.

I will give one thing to Barry though, He was a much better Mayor than Obama is as President.


25 posted on 05/20/2013 6:49:25 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
Sorry if you feel that way, and certainly since you say George bush and Bill Clinton used Cocaine, that makes the use of Cocaine just fine doesn’t it.

No, nobody said that Chief. The name "Marion Barry" is only known today because he got caught on tape in a motel room smoking crack with a prostitute while he was Mayor of the District of Columbia.

You chose to associate the two because of the color of their skin. That is not helpful to the image of this website.

26 posted on 05/20/2013 6:52:48 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

You have a right to your opinion. I gave several reason, you picked race. That’s fine , you are entitled to your opinion

If I picked Barry because of the color of his skin I could have chosen Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, or Kasim Reed of Atlanta, or Dave Bing of Detroit. No I believe the corruption of Barry and Obama are much closer that and their acceptance among the black voters.


27 posted on 05/20/2013 7:11:22 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
You have a right to your opinion. I gave several reason, you picked race. That’s fine , you are entitled to your opinion

None of the other opinions you picked are very relevant. You picked Marion Barry because he is a disgraced black Democrat. Other than skin color and political party, the two actually have very little in common.

28 posted on 05/20/2013 7:25:29 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

How about the fact that Barry always asked Congress for more and more money?

LMAO —Never mind. You have your mind made up, let it go at that. You have established you Obama Bona Fides.


29 posted on 05/20/2013 7:28:20 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
How about the fact that Barry always asked Congress for more and more money?

And that makes him different from other Democrats how?

I get it. You are a racist and you're proud of it. Good for you. Pointing it out to you doesn't make me a liberal or an Obama supporter.

30 posted on 05/20/2013 7:35:18 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: presidio9

Play that card Babe. LMAO.


31 posted on 05/20/2013 7:59:17 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Actually, you played it yourself when you chose Marion Barry as the one person to compare the persident to. Truth be told, aside from the womanizing, he has far more in common with Bill Clinton.

Your racism only makes a difference to me in so far as it reflects negatively on the rest of us here. It does not suprise me that you don’t recognize your own views for what they are.


32 posted on 05/20/2013 8:30:15 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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