Patterico's Pontifications

8/16/2014

My Email to Michael McCrum

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:12 pm

I just sent this to Michael McCrum via his online form:

Mr. McCrum,

You should be deeply ashamed of yourself. This prosecution is a joke. It is perhaps one of the most outrageous abuses of power by a prosecutor I have heard of in years. I’m a prosecutor myself — writing you on my own and not speaking for my office — and I just want you to know that your actions tar good prosecutors everywhere. Thank God you never became U.S. Attorney. I hope you lose quickly and are drummed out of public life in disgrace.

Patrick Frey
Los Angeles

Too nice?

UPDATE: Thanks to Scott Johnson at PowerLine for the link.

UPDATE x2: Add one more voice to the mix. From the comments, Jeff Greeson, a prosecutor in Northern California, says he sent McCrum this:

I am a prosecutor in Northern California, but I write today as a citizen, and am not expressing the opinion of my employer or the elected district attorney.

Your abuse of the judicial process is a crime against democracy itself. I hope whatever tawdry political favor you are going to get from the Harris County democrat party machine was worth your personal honor. While I am not familiar with the Texas Bar’s ethics code, I cannot conceive of an ethical system that would permit a cheap political prank disguised as a solemn legal duty. You have brought great shame on yourself and our profession.

Nicely said.

149 Responses to “My Email to Michael McCrum”

  1. I hope I don’t get indicted for felony expression of opinion!

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. for serious Mr. P

    doesn’t the Texas Bar have a duty to discipline this bozo?

    people pay dues for some reason no?

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  3. I live in San Antonio, want anything hand delivered?

    BradnSA (5f3184)

  4. he’s gonna sic BK on you… 8-)

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  5. “You should be deeply ashamed.”

    The operative phrase is “should be”.

    But, as we all know, if Mr. McCrum had any shame to begin with, we wouldn’t be typing these words now.

    PCachu (e072b7)

  6. the attaboys Rick Perry is receiving really do a lot to underscore the sexism inherent in the equally approving reaction the R’s had to Palin’s resignation under similar circumstances

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  7. No matter the urge to write, that’s the kind of letter it’s best to hold off sending till tomorrow.

    ropelight (d138fa)

  8. ?

    tomorrow is Sunday Mr. ropelight

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  9. her finalstraw was when the defense fund against frivolous ethics complaints, was subject to an ethics complaint, that was when things became too ridiculous.

    narciso (ee1f88)

  10. more ridiculous than being sued over a veto?

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  11. I can rest content tonight, knowing that Mr. Crum has encountered just consequences for his disgusting behavior.

    Um, but I must say, if he looks you up, it may be hard for him to take you seriously once he sees your avatar, just sayin’. ;-)
    I guess it is one of those unintended consequence thingies,
    (maybe you ought to have an alter avatar that looks more like Clint Eastwood- NOT done in Simpsons style)

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  12. Republicans pat little girl governors on the head and say that’s ok sweetie they were being so mean

    but little boy governors they say we’re behind you go kick some ass hell yeah

    it’s just who they are

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  13. happyfeet (8ce051) — 8/16/2014 @ 5:41 pm

    Palin resigned because of a drinking problem?

    askeptic (efcf22)

  14. MD in Philly, now you know why I stick to my far more handsome avatar rather than get one made like Patterico’s.

    SPQR (c4e119)

  15. It is perhaps one of the most outrageous abuses of power by a prosecutor I have heard of in years.

    There was the prosecution of Tom Delay, but yes, this is worse.

    This seems to be a habit in Texas.

    Sammy Finkelman (dbec95)

  16. Why is it that it seems that putting a “D” near your name makes one unable to consider the long-term political consequences of one’s actions?

    MunDane (932862)

  17. Here is a comment on another forum.

    You’ve asserted that public officials must be held to a higher moral standard than the rest of humanity. First, I’d like to know why that is the case.

    Michael Ejercito (becea5)

  18. Democrats: Protecting drunken public officials since 1969

    JRob (124668)

  19. “I live in San Antonio, want anything hand delivered?”
    BradnSA (5f3184)

    Show him the basement at the Alamo…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  20. I don’t think you were quite clear enough about where you stood on the issue. :)

    Seriously, I hope your tax documents are in order.

    Patricia (5fc097)

  21. They’ll have a hard time with the cognitive dissonance created by the content of your message, Patrick, and the “Los Angeles” location. “Wha- wha- what’s this? Someone from California who doesn’t want to help us lynch Rick Perry? That just can’t be, can it?”

    They might assume you’re from Los Angeles, Texas.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  22. Mr. Finkelman (#16 — 8/16/2014 @ 6:44 pm): Don’t confuse Travis County with the rest of Texas. But yes, political prosecutions do indeed have a very long history in Travis County. They happened even when Texas was a one-party (Democratic) state from the end of Reconstruction through the mid-1990s. And they’ve just gotten much worse since the rest of the state went deep red while Travis County stayed bright blue.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  23. Perfect letter to perfect idiot. Huge props for sending it.

    Kevin Stafford (5a2acb)

  24. So if it goes to Trial will the voir dire have any questions concerning the taking of a “fifth

    EPWJ (8b746f)

  25. The word “perhaps” doesn’t belong, but otherwise it’s great.

    Alan (4ba191)

  26. Too nice? heck yes.

    Don’t hold back: tell him how you really feel.

    You should also include your legal analysis why the indictments themselves are bunk.

    If you are kind to the cruel then you will eventually be cruel to the kind.

    Vice versa: if you are nice to those who are mean then you will eventually have to be mean to those who are nice.

    Now’s NOT the time for niceties.

    chaz (dc8610)

  27. Their online form probably goes directly to /dev/null.

    Dave (in MA) (c98058)

  28. 23. Mr. Finkelman (#16 — 8/16/2014 @ 6:44 pm): Don’t confuse Travis County with the rest of Texas. But yes, political prosecutions do indeed have a very long history in Travis County. They happened even when Texas was a one-party (Democratic) state from the end of Reconstruction through the mid-1990s. And they’ve just gotten much worse since the rest of the state went deep red while Travis County stayed bright blue.

    Beldar (fa637a) — 8/16/2014 @ 7:21 pm

    I’m just glad to know I didn’t Kalifornicate this state by moving here. Clearly the seeds of destruction were already sown.

    But I’m willing to work against it if everyone else is. I propose making it a felony to be from Austin.

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  29. I guess it is one of those unintended consequence thingies, (maybe you ought to have an alter avatar that looks more like Clint Eastwood- NOT done in Simpsons style)

    I thought it *did* look like Clint Eastwood. Just maybe more bad-ass. . .

    . . . and in Simpsons style.

    Patterico (cbc81a)

  30. Alan,

    Yeah, but there have been a lot of those. I am sad to say.

    chaz,

    I was kidding about the too nice thing.

    Patterico (cbc81a)

  31. Kevin Stafford,

    Thank you. High praise, always appreciated when it comes from you.

    Patterico (cbc81a)

  32. Feets, your comparison between this and Palin is ridiculous. Perry’s job performance will not be affected at all. He can pretty much ignore this indictment; if and when it ever comes to trial, he can send a state-paid lawyer to move for dismissal. And it has no impact at all on his staff. Palin was facing a situation where dealing with the frivolous ethics complaints was going to consume all of her time, and all of her staff’s time, paying for her lawyers was bankrupting her, the legal fund was itself subject to an ethics complaint — the only one that ended up being upheld! — and most importantly her staff was facing the same situation. They were also having to pay lawyers, and facing bankruptcy as a result. Nobody even tried to set up a legal fund for them. That was not fair on them, and in that situation nobody in his right mind would continue to work for her, or take employment with her. I was disappointed with her decision, but really, what else could she have done? What would you have done in her place?

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  33. Great letter, Patterico, and some really great posts today re Gov. Perry’s predicament.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  34. i would’ve fulfilled my oath

    palin bailed like a coward and became a cheap cable news propaganda slut

    rick perry won’t give them the satisfaction

    advantage: rick perry

    Hodaka Combat Wombat

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  35. you can’t surrender to these people and their tactics

    and that should be the very *minimum* what people who vote for you or, god bless, fund your campaign, can expect in return for their votes or monies

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  36. The was a typo in there – McCrum is spelled twatwaffle.

    JD (285732)

  37. You know how Mr.Feet gets about the former governor, milhouse.. As I recall, even Mr. Goldstein had to tell him ixnay on the utslay business. No different today. The fellow can’t help it.

    Getting back to the point of this thread, I always wanted to like Governor Perry, and thought he had been poorly treated. . The way he handled this nonsense made me think very highly of him. Great speech today, and many folks seeing how dirty the indictments were.

    I don’t know that your letter will change a thing, Patterico. But I’m glad you wrote it.

    Simon Jester (c67fae)

  38. palin bailed like a coward and became a cheap cable news propaganda slut

    oh good grief, happyfeet, it’s amazing that you’ve consistently held Palin in contempt for doing about the only thing she could, and never once have I heard you hold in contempt those who filed the endlessly frivolous lawsuits. Shouldn’t *they* be the ones deserving of your contempt? Why not those who drove her to the decision instead?

    Dana (4dbf62)

  39. I thought that was your Wall Street Journal-style portrait, Patrick. No?

    Beldar (fa637a)

  40. no you do not understand why i am contemptuous of Palin Dana

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  41. and it is not unrelated really to the travails of our governor friend from Texas

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  42. I agree Dana, but here comes more of the ick, I’m sure.

    Simon Jester (c67fae)

  43. I’m sorry, but isn’t anyone just tired of the latest outrage of the day?

    I have no idea of the facts in this situation and I won’t know for a long time.

    Besides, the whole corrupt Dem machine based in Travis County managed to pack a Grand Jury to indict Rick Perry for doing his job.

    That’s the new story. Don’t believe me?

    Ag80 (eb6ffa) — 8/15/2014 @ 7:34 pm

    I included a link was to CNN. Just saying, well because, darn it. Just darn it.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  44. You brought her up, feets, using her name and “slut” in the same sentence.

    No matter, this is about Perry, not Palin.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  45. i thought it ridiculous that she quit the job she’d campaigned for yes

    but what makes me sick about Palin is how she bailed on her job and then pretended like she was still somehow worthy of the presidency come 2012

    LOL

    someone who couldn’t handle a governorship from an insignificant practice state like Alaska

    and remember, this was of the same moment when americans were being treated to the mind-blowing concept that a pothead empty-suited loser like barack obama was himself of presidential caliber

    and what happened in 2012?

    our good friend rick “momo” perry entered the race late late late and woefully unprepared why?

    cause he’d dithered while waiting for lightweight tea party superstud Sarah Palin to make up her mind if she’d deign to run for president or, you know, (hairflip) maybe do some more reality tv

    and so weirdo willard won cause the teadoodles couldn’t get their act together

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  46. Imagine if Palin became a baker with a side business of dress making. hf’s little noggin would exploderate!

    Gazzer (42663b)

  47. Heh.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  48. Yeah…2012. That was some Presidential election. I remember voting in it.

    I’m always amazed by people who didn’t, who seem quite concerned now about what happened. I’ll take all the weirdos and such who did vote in that election, any time.

    But that’s probably pretty unfair of me.

    Simon Jester (c67fae)

  49. and for the record Dana – because records are key – i used the phrase “propaganda slut”

    which is a GREAT phrase i will have you know

    and it’s a phrase i use liberally to denote any kind of “journalist” – of any gender under the sun – or any kind of commentator – of any gender under the sun – what resides in the ether of failmerica’s sad pitiful excuse of what passes as news media here – be they personages what dabble in print or cable or broadcast tv or even online

    the keyword is propaganda, whilst “slut” indicates that they are bought and sold like prostitutes – and that there’s no good reason to get all too invested in taking down or exposing any given one – they’re quintessentially fungible you see because the service they provide is just filler

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  50. What on earth is that first rule of holes? Oh, yes: quit digging.

    Simon Jester (c67fae)

  51. and yes if Palin opened one of them gay-hating bakeries I’d probably have an aneurysm

    god bless america land that i love

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  52. i would’ve fulfilled my oath

    No officeholder takes an oath to serve the full term. Lots of people quit mid-term, often because they’ve decided they like some other job better. E.g. if Palin had been elected VP in 2008 she’d have resigned the governorship then; would that somehow be oath-breaking?

    you can’t surrender to these people and their tactics

    and that should be the very *minimum* what people who vote for you or, god bless, fund your campaign, can expect in return for their votes or monies

    So let’s finally hear what you would have done in her place, feets. In detail. Explain how you would have been able to keep governing the state, how you would have been able to keep a staff, how you would have kept your obligation of loyalty to your current staff who were being bankrupted by legal fees, and how you would have been able to save your own family from bankruptcy.

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  53. look Mr. Jester it’s just my perspective and if it were a super-commonly-held perspective it really wouldn’t be worth all this typing now would it

    no it wouldn’t

    so there you go

    I’m a giver

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  54. happyfeet @ 50,

    I agree. You’re most certainly an equal-opportunity slut.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  55. but what makes me sick about Palin is how she bailed on her job and then pretended like she was still somehow worthy of the presidency come 2012

    How did she do that? What did she say or do that “pretended” this? Mind you, I think she was worthy of it, and I hoped she would run, and I think if she had she could have won, but she didn’t. So tell me what she did to justify your claim.

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  56. please cite the part of her oath she didn’t fulfill.

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  57. Oops. Should have been a “propaganda” in there, but you know what I mean.

    Dana (4dbf62)

  58. Ah, it won’t matter, milhouse. The guy has issues on this topic, and he is a popular guy. The sooner he quits explaining how he isn’t a misogynist because he calls people “sluts” and “hootchies,” the better.

    The former Governor is really, really under his skin. Deep. It’s not the usual flippancy.

    So the sooner there is a new topic, the better.

    But that’s just my opinion. I’m no expert, and just one voice.

    Simon Jester (c67fae)

  59. Mr. M

    she failed

    it’s that simple

    her governorship was a failed one

    she lost

    they won

    they were emboldened

    she was diminished

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  60. Palin/Perry 2016!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  61. Teh Attack of the Governators!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  62. Happyfeet’s hatred of Palin never fails to lead him to delusional statements.

    SPQR (c4e119)

  63. yes yes yes I do my part Dana

    but you have to trust my heart is in the right place

    i believe that 2012 was the last election of any consequence this little country will see

    and it makes me sad

    but angry too

    it’s not just Sarah Palin what’s the target of my anger disillusionment rage disappointment despair

    Mitch Daniels is another who shirked his duty

    and Rick Perry should’ve had his act together – I supported him when he entered the race and then

    and then he quickly became embarrassing – especially when he targeted the gay soldiers – guys who put their lives on the line in the prosecution of America’s strange and quixotic military adventures – as if they were somehow the root of all that sucks in failmerica

    and that pizza boy guy

    what’s up with all those chippies?

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  64. Oh, my…

    “…i believe that 2012 was the last election of any consequence this little country will see…”

    That’s ironic, dude.

    Simon Jester (c67fae)

  65. please cite the part of her oath she didn’t fulfill

    i actually tried once to nail down the oath she took

    google google google

    but all I found were lefty sites that had tried the same thing and published their best guess, but by no means were they able to provide any documentation that the oath they cited was indeed the oath Palin took

    I guess cause the wee small part of Alaska what is governed by their governor is so obscure and tangential to American life, people don’t bother to keep records

    you have to remember that the vast majority of the state is owned by sleazy federal bureaucrats

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  66. it’s not ironic Mr. Jester i lived in California

    i could’ve voted til i developed callouses in unseemly places and food stamp would’ve still defeated weirdo willard

    soundly

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  67. Google is your friend:

    § 5. Oath of Office

    All public officers, before entering upon the duties of their offices, shall take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties as . . . to the best of my ability.” The legislature may prescribe further oaths or affirmations.

    http://ltgov.alaska.gov/treadwell/services/alaska-constitution/article-xii-96A0general-provisions.html

    nk (dbc370)

  68. yeah i found that Mr. nk but there’s no way to say for sure that that’s the sum total of what Sarah swore she’d do

    but what we do know is she bailed

    which is FINE

    (sort of)

    it just means your political career is over and you’re there-to-fore about as or less presidential than an organic rutabaga

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  69. which is the same as an organic turnip

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  70. You have said that before, Mr. Feet. Your privilege not to vote.

    I just thought your diatribe about people “not doing their part” was odd, given that fact.

    Maybe you are right. But I know that I felt better voting, and so when I don’t like how things are going, I know that I did what I could to prevent it.

    To each their own.

    Simon Jester (c67fae)

  71. yes yes yes I’m glad you felt good about voting

    nobody can ever take that way from you

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  72. I think I know how you feel. I have spent all my life playing with knives, and concluded that Victorinox sells a better knife than the pioneers fought Indians and killed bears with for $26.47 plus shipping. It kind of makes your wonder if you should care about anything deeply, you know.

    nk (dbc370)

  73. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/05/19/how-a-texas-district-attorneys-dwi-arrest-led-to-a-criminal-probe-of-gov-rick-perry/

    I’ll defer to others on the details of Texas law, but it seems to me criminal prosecution would be inappropriate even if it were shown that Perry sought to use his veto authority to force Lehmberg’s resignation. Governors with line-item veto authority use it for political purposes all the time. If the Perry misused his veto authority in this case, it seems to me that the proper remedy would be impeachment. There is precedent for that in Texas, though I would think it’s unlikely here. Unless there’s much more to the story — and there may be — I doubt Texas voters will be that upset about Perry’s use of the veto to punish a DA who had shown herself to be unfit for the job.

    Michael Ejercito (becea5)

  74. hey let’s kill some bears

    you and me

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  75. on average bears eat two of us americans every year you know

    i know this cause of Mr. instapundit was upset this week about the population growth of eurasian brown bears – so i googled

    which – turns out – eurasian brown bears are not at all deadly really

    they’ve killed like 2 people in the last 70 years or something

    whereas american bears are much more productively murderous

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  76. a cheap cable news propaganda slut

    I doubt if any of the cable orgs that have dealt with Sarah Palin would describe her as particularly “cheap”.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  77. Personally, I’d like to see more bears and fewer academic lawyers. But that’s just me. You’ll never guess what the most dangerous North American mammal is. I thought it was the domesticated bull, myself, but I was wrong. http://reason.com/archives/2001/11/21/north-americas-most-dangerous

    nk (dbc370)

  78. 35. i would’ve fulfilled my oath

    palin bailed like a coward and became a cheap cable news propaganda slut

    rick perry won’t give them the satisfaction

    advantage: rick perry

    Hodaka Combat Wombat

    happyfeet (8ce051) — 8/16/2014 @ 9:31 pm

    Yeah!

    Although if I was buying new , and this is important, a Royal Enfield.

    http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/Military/

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  79. Oh, and thanks to all who weighed in on the two stroke oil question. Which was nobody.

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  80. i haven’t seen any deer here in like a month

    it must be a drought thing i guess

    plus the fawns are all turning into yearlings around now so I think that means they can sleep longer during the day

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  81. 76, on average bears eat two of us americans every year you know

    i know this cause of Mr. instapundit was upset this week about the population growth of eurasian brown bears – so i googled

    which – turns out – eurasian brown bears are not at all deadly really

    they’ve killed like 2 people in the last 70 years or something

    whereas american bears are much more productively murderous
    happyfeet (8ce051) — 8/16/2014 @ 10:52 pm

    I think it needs to be pointed out, also, that how productively murderous bears are depends greatly on where you live. The chance of you getting the final chop from a bear varies greatly if you live in Guam as opposed to next door to Glacier National Park.

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  82. yes yes yes

    Glacier is ground zero for a-bear-ate-my-face

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  83. i’m hoping to roadtrip to chicago through there if i get that job

    not a for reals roadtrip just a sort of scouting get the lay of the land kind

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  84. I’ll be glad to show you around. I don’t have much to do these days.

    nk (dbc370)

  85. Chicago?

    Let me tell you about Chicago.

    Never been there. But I know how the USS Chicago was sunk. The fleet tug Navajo swung her bow around into the attack. Still, she was sunk so quickly the crew didn’t even have time to strike the colors.

    I know about this because my dad served in Navajo’s sister, the Cherokee. I’ve always had a soft spot for fleet tugs. And Navajo did all she could.

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  86. Chicago had been injured in a previous engagement, hence Navajo’s involvement at the Battle of Rennell Island, in case that wasn’t clear.

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  87. Sometimes Feets, we may wonder whether you are a serious person. No offense.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  88. i’m a be in your hod I think Mr. nk

    Mr. gary I’m super serious I promise

    just not as serious as Mr. 57

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  89. *hood*

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  90. 89. …just not as serious as Mr. 57
    happyfeet (8ce051) — 8/16/2014 @ 11:59 pm

    Am I a bad guy?

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  91. nonono

    just serious is all

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  92. I learned it from my dad. I figured I owed it to my sailors. To be serious.

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  93. A bigot writes about Palin: “i would’ve fulfilled my oath”. That looks like a goddamned lie to me. Her legal bills were adding up to more than her gross pay, which means they were much more than her net pay and she wasn’t just working for free, but working for negative pay. If she were a Rockefeller or a Kennedy, she could have lived off her inherited millions, but she doesn’t have any. She wasn’t allowed to take contributions to help pay her legal expenses, either. Nevertheless, she hung on for months (more than a year, I believe) to finish up the big Canadian pipeline deal and make sure her Lieutenant Governor was ready to step in and continue the job she had been doing before resigning. Anyone who criticizes her for ‘quitting’ is either ignorant or dishonest or both.

    Dr. Weevil (3fb27f)

  94. Mr Feet wrote:

    but what makes me sick about Palin is how she bailed on her job and then pretended like she was still somehow worthy of the presidency come 2012

    As I recall, former Governor Palin did not run for President in 2012. Such would seem inconsistent with your claim that she “pretended like she was still somehow worthy of the presidency come 2012.”

    The Dana who spotted the flaw (1b79fa)

  95. I s’pose, using the criterion specified by Mr Feet, Barack Hussein Obama, who resigned from his elected office as a Senator, failed in his duty, as did the younger George Bush, who resigned from his job as Governor of Texas, as did Eric Cantor, who, following his primary defeat, resigned early from the House of Representatives, as did . . . need I go on?

    The constitution of Alaska specified an individual to become governor in the event that the sitting governor left office early; Mrs Palin’s resignation did not leave the state untended. Personally, I believe that she made the wrong move, and that she should have completed her term, but I don’t see the resignation as somehow abandoning her duty.

    The Dana who never resigned a political office . . . because he never held one (1b79fa)

  96. “i would’ve fulfilled my oath

    palin bailed like a coward and became a cheap cable news propaganda slut”

    I stopped reading your comments a while ago. I accidentally saw this one and was reassured that I had done the right thing by ignoring you.

    Mike K (b5c01a)

  97. “For months, Palin has been stoking rumors that she would get into the race — launching a bus tour that took her to New Hampshire and Iowa…” Washington Post 10/05/2011.

    This is from a story reporting that Palin would not run in 2012 which certainly implies that Palin was, in fact, seriously considering running. Overall I am with potential new Chicagoan, Happyfeet, on this one. Consider this, Newt Gingrich took a great deal of heat over a $500,000 dollar book advance back in 1994 after the R’s won control of the House for the first time in 50 years. He said something like “I have to look out for my family..” in rationalizing why he would take the advance. (Forget that those issues would never have been raised if Gingrich were a D). Gingrich would go on, after leaving office, to rake in millions. The same would have been true of Palin. She should have stayed in office and fought it out. Yes it would have been a formidable task, but in my opinion, she chose the easy way out. Given the way the press is overtly hostile to R’s in general and R women, especially one as telegenic as Palin, in particular, her task would have been very very difficult. I get that, but that is the lay of the land politically for conservatives everywhere and I wish she had stayed and fought. Palin needed more seasoning, but she had a great deal of potential. The good guys lost one when she stepped down.

    P.S. Happyfeet, I have lived in Chicago most of my life. As I have said many times, there are 3 total conservatives that live in Chicago. I have yet to meet the other 2. Maybe you will be the second one. (:

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  98. P.S. Happyfeet, I have lived in Chicago most of my life. As I have said many times, there are 3 total conservatives that live in Chicago. I have yet to meet the other 2. Maybe you will be the second one. (:

    If he’s the type who’d fit the label of conservative but only in the context of your city (or most typical urban areas throughout the US), that illustrates why such communities ultimately have to depend not on their governance, politics or politicians, but on their demographics. Namely, if such cities are attracting or luring in enough well-educated, skilled, talented residents. Take that away from a city, then mix in plenty of loony-bin leftism, and — voila! — you end up with a Detroit.

    Mark (a847d2)

  99. http://www.mccrumlegal.com/Profile/

    I suppose this is the type of legal work one might expect for a top graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law (http://thirdtierreality.blogspot.com/2011/03/reprehensible-waste-pile-fourth-tier-st.html).

    Lorem Ipsum (cee048)

  100. 95. Mr Feet wrote:

    but what makes me sick about Palin is how she bailed on her job and then pretended like she was still somehow worthy of the presidency come 2012

    As I recall, former Governor Palin did not run for President in 2012. Such would seem inconsistent with your claim that she “pretended like she was still somehow worthy of the presidency come 2012.”
    The Dana who spotted the flaw (1b79fa) — 8/17/2014 @ 7:12 am

    Mr. feets also wrote:

    yeah i found that Mr. nk but there’s no way to say for sure that that’s the sum total of what Sarah swore she’d do

    but what we do know is she bailed

    which is FINE

    (sort of)

    it just means your political career is over and you’re there-to-fore about as or less presidential than an organic rutabaga
    happyfeet (8ce051) — 8/16/2014 @ 10:38 pm

    But apparently it’s not FINE. Sarah Palin got out of politics and is doing cable TV.

    Which if Mr. feets meant what he said should be FINE with him. That it’s FINE to quit as long as you realize your political career is over. So then she quit politics and went into TV. All of a sudden, that’s not FINE, either. What would be FINE with Mr. feets, if you’re Sarah Palin? Dunno. Maybe what Mr. feets meant was that if you’re Sarah Palin it’s FINE to quit as long as you realize you should then just die.

    If a bear makes number 2 in the woods, Mr. feets, and nobody is around to see it, is Sarah Palin still wrong?

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  101. Sarah Palin would be fine in happyfeet’s eyes if she were to come out as a proud member of the GLBT and declare she was getting married to a woman.

    Mark (a847d2)

  102. Mark @103, true. But it’s also kind of fascist.

    I have no idea what occupations Sarah Palin should be restricted to in order to make up for being Sarah Palin. Mr. feets has ideas on the subject, it appears.

    Mr. feets: It’s FINE to quit being governor as long as you realize your career in politics is over.

    Sarah Palin: OK, I’ll do a TV show about Alaska.

    Mr. feets: No, you can’t do that either.

    Do you have a list of what things Sarah Palin can do, Mr. feets? Because I don’t think Todd (I think that’s his name) makes enough to pay off the legal bills.

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  103. Ipso facto:

    She should have stayed in office and fought it out. Yes it would have been a formidable task, but in my opinion, she chose the easy way out

    You’re ignoring 1. That fighting the complaints was taking up all of her time, and 2. That her staff was being charged as well, and had no resources nor even a (questionably legal, as it turned out) legal fund. What would you have done? What choice did she have?

    I also wish she’d have found some way to make it work, but the only way I can think of would have been to announce that she and her staff were no longer going to bother fighting, that since it was clear that all the complaints were frivolous they would be spending no time or money fighting them, and if the ethics commission couldn’t see that and found against them they would ignore its decisions, and if the legislature didn’t like it they could impeach her. And that she’d be pardoning her staff for whatever the commission found against them, so it shouldn’t bother. That would have taken brass balls, and if it worked it would have guaranteed her the presidency, but I don’t know whether it would have worked.

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  104. http://tinyurl.com/l8yq6ue

    From Jack Marshall

    You can read various eviscerations of the indictment here, here and here; there are many more. So far, I can’t find a respectable legal source that finds the indictment anything better than jaw-droppingly absurd and an abuse of prosecution. Jonathan Chait, a left-ish pundit and far from a Perry fan (much like me, except for the left-ish part), nicely expresses his contempt of the charge here. A short hand version would be that Perry has been threatened with jail based on what he said about vetoing a bill, which seems like a First Amendment violation to me.

    It is ridiculous that Perry should have to lift a finger to remove Lehmberg, and a disgrace that Democrats are not joining the chorus for her to voluntarily step down. Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested and charged with drunk driving on April 12, 2013. Her blood alcohol was determined to be .23, or nearly three times the legal limit. She also had an open bottle of vodka in her car, violating the Texas open container law.

    Comically, Lehmberg denied that she was drunk after the arrest, despite the blood alcohol reading, her demeanor, and the fact that she was driving the wrong way down the street. On the video taken during her arrest, Lehmberg attempted to play the “do you know who I am?” card, and had to be restrained. When an officer told Lehmberg that she had been arrested for DWI, she replied, “That’s y’all’s problem, not mine,” an implied threat of official retribution. Lehmberg also allegedly attempted to scratch an officer, which would be an attempted felony.

    Michael Ejercito (becea5)

  105. Sorry that I haven’t read all the threads and posts on this topic but that hasn’t stopped me from posting.

    Has anyone questioned Perry’s lack of political wisdom when he cut funds that was directed at public corruption? That just doesn’t look good. Maybe it was the only leverage he has against this buffoon of an Austin DA but the spin can easily be made that Perry cut this funding because he is corrupt and doesn’t want to be a target. Isn’t it ironic.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  106. AZBob @107, I have real problem following your logic. A DA gets arrested for DUI, is abusive toward the police and attempts to misuse her authority to get out of the situation, and the governor should be concerned about appearances?

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  107. Milhouse:

    You raise some very good points, and you very well may be right. I don’t claim to have any workable suggestions as to what she should have done versus what she did do. All I know is that (from what I remember of the time) it was spun by the press that 1) she gave up, 2) she was corrupt, 3) she couldn’t stand the heat etc,. Perception is reality as they say. That fact is that the bad guys won when she left office. Yes, (as someone up thread pointed out) Obama left office early too, but it was under entirely different circumstances, he won a new elected position (as awful as that was). The left has a very big pocket book. They can call on George Soros, or in my town (Chicago) Fred Eickner (spelling may be wrong)to help allay costs associated with holding office. I don’t recall if any R with a national reputation came to her aid and offered financial support but that is probably what it would have taken for her to survive. Again, in the end by her resigning the left got there scalp and ended her ability to run for national or for that matter statewide office. the good guys lost.

    Ipso Fatso (10964d)

  108. AZBob @107, I have real problem following your logic. A DA gets arrested for DUI, is abusive toward the police and attempts to misuse her authority to get out of the situation, and the governor should be concerned about appearances?
    Steve57 (5f6c2a) — 8/17/2014 @ 10:23 am

    The governor is a state office and the DA is a local/county office. There is no connection except for this one budgetary item that is for the purpose of public corruption. Sure, he should use his bully pulpit to bring attention to her behavior but I would not have gone after this function of the office.

    Her worst behavior was throwing her weight around after her arrest. Telling the cop she knows his boss. She should be sanctioned by the State Bar for that.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  109. AZ Bob, that wasn’t leverage. Perry simply refused to entrust state funds into the hands of someone who is manifestly unfit to administer them. How does he know she won’t spend it all on booze?

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  110. I don’t recall if any R with a national reputation came to her aid and offered financial support but that is probably what it would have taken for her to survive.

    She established a legal defense fund, and ironically that was the only complain that ended up being upheld! Despite the best legal advice she could get, the ethics commission decided that Alaska law did not allow such things; a person in her position must pay all her own expenses out of her own pocket, or do without representation. (No legal aid, of course)

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  111. Milhouse (9d71c3) — 8/17/2014 @ 10:56 am

    the ethics commission decided that Alaska law did not allow such things; a person in her position must pay all her own expenses out of her own pocket, or do without representation. (No legal aid, of course)

    Which caused her to resign, although she didn’t want to say that, probably on legal advice..

    Sammy Finkelman (3ba0b7)

  112. The governor is a state office and the DA is a local/county office. There is no connection except for this one budgetary item that is for the purpose of public corruption. Sure, he should use his bully pulpit to bring attention to her behavior but I would not have gone after this function of the office.

    Her worst behavior was throwing her weight around after her arrest. Telling the cop she knows his boss. She should be sanctioned by the State Bar for that.

    AZBob, I think what you don’t see is the specific office she held has state-wide jurisdiction. That places an entirely different set of circumstances in play. Essentially, she worked for the state, not local government. If this had been a local office, Perry couldn’t have used a line-item veto. The bully pulpit you mention would have been his only immediate choice.

    Bill H (f9e4cd)

  113. i just took an oath to go cross the street and get a tasty burger and a couple salads for laters

    three guess what I’m gonna do

    hells yeah I’m gonna fulfill my oath

    cause that’s just how i roll

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  114. Actually the office is only county wide but it was given a special mission by the legislature to bust political corruption statewide. I haven’t heard any complaints on how this function was playing out.

    It seems like it was Perry’s only hook to get at her. Kind of like closing lanes in a tunnel.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  115. While the indictment is bogus, Perry needs to brush up on political warfare if he is going to be considered a viable candidate for 2016. There are three problems he has in running for President but I can’t remember the third.

    AZ Bob (34bb80)

  116. While the indictment is bogus, Perry needs to brush up on political warfare if he is going to be considered a viable candidate for 2016. There are three problems he has in running for President but I can’t remember the third.

    Oops!

    Seriously, though, his statement yesterday seems to show he’s come a long way. That was a stirring statement.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  117. From earlier in this thread:

    Has anyone questioned Perry’s lack of political wisdom when he cut funds that was directed at public corruption? That just doesn’t look good. Maybe it was the only leverage he has against this buffoon of an Austin DA but the spin can easily be made that Perry cut this funding because he is corrupt and doesn’t want to be a target. Isn’t it ironic.

    AZ Bob (#107 — 8/17/2014 @ 10:18 am)

    The governor is a state office and the DA is a local/county office. There is no connection except for this one budgetary item that is for the purpose of public corruption. Sure, he should use his bully pulpit to bring attention to her behavior but I would not have gone after this function of the office….

    AZ Bob (#110 — 8/17/2014 @ 10:50 am)

    These are thoughtful questions and observations. My reactions to them are:

    A public official, elected at the county level but with unique and uniquely important state-wide responsibilities and impact, has gone rogue. She’s demonstrated conclusively her unfitness for office — not just by breaking the law herself in a dramatically dangerous and reckless fashion, but by then attempting to use her office to secure preferential treatment and threatening consequences to individual law enforcement personnel who weren’t knuckling under to her demands. She’s pleaded guilty to the obvious crime, but so far she’s gotten away with the worse one — and now she won’t quit.

    Put electoral politics completely aside for the moment: In these circumstances, all Texas elected officials have to examine how their own performance of their respective constitutional obligations are affected. And pounding their own pulpits, bully or not, just ain’t enough to fix things, nor to even constitute a good-faith effort toward that.

    One such elected official is the governor, whose constitutional powers, duties, and indeed obligations include presiding over and administering the funding of a great many state agencies and programs, including the one which largely finances the rogue official’s own office. There’s no practical time or opportunity for any other element of the state government to help restrain the rogue: the Legislature can’t effectively respond in less than a period of many months, even when in session.

    So the question facing the governor is: Given these facts on the ground, and given your obligations as the final steward of Texans’ tax dollars, do you continue to fund this abomination with millions of tax dollars extracted from the pockets of all Texans? Or do you use the line-item veto right and responsibility that you have under the Texas constitution to ride herd on rogues?

    I think the answer to that is easy, although it requires political courage, for the very reasons you’ve mentioned, AZ Bob.

    You’re completely right that the optics on this were always capable of being spun by the Democrats. Like every corrupt prosecutor in history, this one claims that any efforts to remove or even reign her in are prima facie and, indeed, conclusive proof that she’s doing a great job (based on the false assumption that only the guilty would ever have reason to complain of a prosecutor’s fitness).

    And the Left’s smoke and mirrors, their spin, pumped out over Texas and across the rest of the country, would probably work here — except for those damned videos, huh?

    The blood alcohol level, the open bottle of vodka in her car where she’s passed out, the obvious lies to the arresting officers (“two glasses of wine”), the pattern of liquor bills, but especially the videos, it has become impossible for the left to defend this clown of a district attorney anymore.

    If y’all don’t think Perry saw this whole thing coming months ago — if you don’t think that his press releases threatening the veto weren’t crafted in keen anticipation that the D.A. would respond with the most powerful retaliation in her power, an indictment — then you’re underestimating our governor. He may have only gotten a “D” in his Texas A&M agricultural science course entitled “Meat,” but he’s an experienced practitioner in the blood sport of Texas politics.

    As I wrote in a comment on Prof. Althouse’s blog,

    If I were advising the Texas GOP, I’d suggest that they immediately focus-group this proposition: “The Texas Legislature needs to strip the Travis County D.A.’s office of public integrity oversight through prompt and retroactive legislation.” I’d try to figure out if this would play as a potential offensive issue — for use in the Fall 2014 race, statewide, for state representatives, state senators, and the governor and lieutenant governor’s positions. I’d be testing whether some nice attack ads could make Ms. Lehmberg the new face of the Texas Democratic Party. My hunch is that the videos of her are more compelling, and substantially less appealing, than videos of Wendy Davis.

    But Perry, of course, is thinking beyond Texas’ borders. He’s not likely to be able to turn Lehmberg into the national face of the Democratic Party. But this incident — while feeding the happy bloodthirst on the far Left, at least initially — has plenty of boomarang potential for Perry to exploit in his quest for rehabilitation of his national reputation as a conservative leader and potential presidential nominee.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  118. GentleBeings – we have to go easy on our regular commenter – happyfeet …

    After all, the reason they are happyfeet is cuz he keeps ‘em in a warm and comfortable place – in his happymouth !

    Alastor (2e7f9f)

  119. Actually the office is only county wide but it was given a special mission by the legislature to bust political corruption statewide. I haven’t heard any complaints on how this function was playing out.

    AZ Bob (#116 — 8/17/2014 @ 12:18 pm)

    You might check with Tom DeLay about that.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  120. I just sent him this:

    I am a prosecutor in Northern California, but I write today as a citizen, and am not expressing the opinion of my employer or the elected district attorney.

    Your abuse of the judicial process is a crime against democracy itself. I hope whatever tawdry political favor you are going to get from the Harris County democrat party machine was worth your personal honor. While I am not familiar with the Texas Bar’s ethics code, I cannot conceive of an ethical system that would permit a cheap political prank disguised as a solemn legal duty. You have brought great shame on yourself and our profession.

    Jeff Greeson (fe8075)

  121. mmmph

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  122. Nicely done Mr Greeson.

    Gazzer (42663b)

  123. Why did hf cross the street?

    To get to his sides. (Runs and ducks)

    Gazzer (42663b)

  124. He’s not likely to be able to turn Lehmberg into the national face of the Democratic Party.

    He can not turn Lehmberg into the national face of the Democratic Party.

    But Debbie Wassermann Schultz is.

    https://twitter.com/DWStweets/status/500709661595926528

    Michael Ejercito (becea5)

  125. Simon Jester (c67fae) — 8/16/2014 @ 10:15 pm

    Underneath it all, he knows – but refuses to admit it even to himself – that Palin’s a better person than he is.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  126. Steve57 (5f6c2a) — 8/16/2014 @ 11:12 pm

    Vintage look, and the performance to match – some would say it doesn’t have enough power to skin a grape.

    And what 2-stroke oil question?

    askeptic (efcf22)

  127. http://americanthinker.com/2014/08/ferguson_missouri_to_gaza_damascus_and_sinjar.html
    hHoettp://americanthinker.com/2014/08/ferguson_missouri_to_gaza_damascus_and_sinjar.html

    narciso (ee1f88)

  128. Off topic: Posisble treatment for ebola that nmight reduce the death rate from 60% to 90% to 10% to 15% (if they die from sepsis)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/opinion/can-statins-help-treat-ebola.html

    Naturally, everybody but that is being suggested by fraudsters:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/science/agencies-issue-warnings-over-bogus-ebola-cures.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    People who have real cures are very very careful.

    The WHO is composed of or run by idiots. So says the New York Times (almost)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/opinion/a-painfully-slow-ebola-response.html

    Sammy Finkelman (31cdef)

  129. 128. …And what 2-stroke oil question?
    askeptic (efcf22) — 8/17/2014 @ 1:34 pm

    Does it really make a difference if the mix is 40:1 or 50:1?

    Steve57 (5f6c2a)

  130. The only 2-stroke I rode for any time had oil-injection (Kawasaki H-1) so I never had to think about it – just put gas in the gas-tank, and oil in the oil-tank. The garden implements, I follow the manufacturer’s recommendations – they have a lot of expertise, and don’t want to have to warranty seized cranks. That being said, they probably err on the side of caution which can mean more plug replacements. My Poulon chain-saw recommends 40:1 – 3.2-oz oil/1-gal of gas.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  131. About 10 seconds after I hit “submit comment” I realized I said Harris County. I meant Travis County. Of course, Harris is infested with machine Democrats, too. But I wanted to admit my error.

    Jeff Greeson (fe8075)

  132. Palin did bail on her gubernatorial responsibilities, right? And she did proceed to employ herself as a talking head for a cable news channel, right? So happyfeet is basically spot-on?

    Anyone who wants to argue that Palin did not bail on her gubernatorial responsibilities, feel free to do so.

    Leviticus (474f8b)

  133. People seem to be arguing that she had no choice but to resign, but she obviously did have a choice.

    Leviticus (474f8b)

  134. what they’re also missing i think personally is that she had a moral duty not to resign

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  135. she she duid have the means to defend herself and her staff, or waste the state’s resources, in an abuse of power, much like the lawfare directed against Walker and now Perry. capisce

    narciso (ee1f88)

  136. the Austin capoiera squad, already took down Delay on points, despite the fact that he ultimately won on appeal, much like their opposite numbers in Rome, that went after Berlusconi,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  137. Leviticus (135): already done in #94. She hung on for many months, working for (in effect) negative salary, since her legal costs were greater than her gross income, so she could finish her signature Canadian pipeline deal and make sure her Lieutenant Governor was ready to take over. Looks pretty damned responsible to me. The fact is that her opponents were able to hit her with dozens of totally bogus accusations, each of which cost massive quantities of money and time to refute, and she was not allowed to ask anyone for help paying the lawyers. What was she supposed to do? Tell the kids “Sorry, no college for you, in fact you’re all going to have to drop out of school and take two jobs to help mom pay her massive and ever-increasing debts”.

    Dr. Weevil (3fb27f)

  138. Palin did bail on her gubernatorial responsibilities, right?

    No more than 0bama and Biden bailed on their senatorial responsibilities, and no more than she was going to if she’d been elected VP. If someone elected to office has some sort of obligation to finish the term, why is it OK to “bail” on that if you’re elected to something else, or appointed to another political position (e.g. cabinet secretary), but not for any other reason?

    People seem to be arguing that she had no choice but to resign, but she obviously did have a choice.

    Please explain what that choice was. How could she have stayed in office and made it work? How would you have handled the problem?

    what they’re also missing i think personally is that she had a moral duty not to resign

    Really? Why? And why would she not have had the same duty if she’d been elected VP? Why did W Bush not have the same duty in 2001?

    Milhouse (9d71c3)

  139. I believe that any elected DA, or any official, who takes such action should be determined to have committed malpractice in office, because they have exceeded their authority. Gov. Perry has every constitutional right to veto any action that may be in violation of the “budgetary confines” of Texas law. If every elected official (or other statutory official) had the power to bring criminal charges against elected officials because they didn’t like what the official did, our form of constitutional republican government is finished. This country has become nothing more than a banana republic that cow tows to the whims of the weakest persons in this country, i.e. those who are only concerned with their own self-interests and want to cater to the masses for their desires to achieve and attain higher office.

    reagan (daa4b2)

  140. Palin committed the grievous crime of disagreeing with happyfeet. As a fellow criminal in that sense, I would have to laugh at the fact that happyfeet seems to be fine with claiming Palin should have continued to hold the office, without giving a method for doing so.

    I’m just curious – why do people pay attention to happyfeet anyway?

    OmegaPaladin (a0e77e)

  141. not everyone has to have the same opinion about Sarah freaking Palin you know

    i think she handed her opponents a big victory and emboldened the soros-funded whores what embrace these lawfare tactics

    and I think she sold herself cheap

    a half million dollars of legal bills

    pfft

    her hot to trot daughter made about that much jigging around on that dance show

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  142. Now, now, Mr. Feet. Did you have to go and insult her daughter, too? She didn’t choose her mother and father, after all.

    David Letterman got into trouble for being all nonsexist and ramrod straight to the truth like you say you are being. And look at Bill Maher.

    I think you should just write that you don’t like Sarah Palin one tiny little bit, save the link, and every time anyone mentions her, you can just link to that post.

    Done and done.

    Otherwise you have to keep explaining that you really and truly aren’t a offensive sexist jerk.

    Because everyone says you aren’t. Right?

    I’m not being snarky here. You truly aren’t helping your own position; this kind of thing causes people to dismiss your point of view.

    But that’s just my opinion. You have lots of fans.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  143. see this is the kind of diversity of opinion what makes the internet so much fun!

    thanks Mr. Jester!

    anyways the point is the legal bills weren’t really as onerous as Sarah made them sound given her earning potential

    so yeah I always found her reasons for quitting to be kind of disingenuous

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  144. Well, I tried.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  145. you’re a good man Mr. Jester

    happyfeet (8ce051)


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