Saturday, March 31, 2007

Wanker of the Week: Mort Kondracke

It was a tough call settling on just one Wanker this week, but I managed to separate the chaff from - well - the chaff.

For being an overt tool of the right-wing noise machine, making excuses for administration malfeasance, and casting aspersions toward Democrats for having the audacity to hold the Bush administration to some level of accountability - Mort squeeked it out.
During the "All-Star Panel" segment on the March 28 edition of Fox News' Special Report, Roll Call executive editor Morton M. Kondracke called the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the firing of eight U.S. attorneys "a hanging party," explaining that he chose the characterization "because every time there's an inconsistency in somebody's testimony, however minute ... they're ready to pounce and accuse [the witness], basically, of perjury or violating the law or something like that." Additionally, Kondracke accused Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) of "McCarthyism," for questioning the reasons behind Justice Department White House liaison Monica Goodling's statement that she would invoke her Fifth Amendment right and refuse to testify if called upon by Congress. Addressing Goodling's announcement, Leahy stated: "The American people are left to wonder what conduct is at the base of Ms. Goodling's concern that she may incriminate herself."
Yep. McCarthyism. That's a pretty thin soup. The McCartyyism charge would be more accurately leveled at the administration for demanding blind fealty to The Cause over serving justice at Justice, don't you think? Or is my education - and common sense - getting in the way of me being led around by the nose again?

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