ABC News Throws Shade And Helps Apply A Smear For Gov. Rick Perry

created image of Texas Gov. Rick Perry thanks ABC News for the shade

I was watching the Sunday evening edition of ABC World News and they had a report about the recent indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry. It basically was a hatchet job for Perry making the elected official, he tried to force to resign, out be crazy and allowing Perry to play the victim

Even someone ignorant of current events could tell that the ABC News report by Jeff Zeleny is carrying water for Governor Perry by making him out be a victim and the smearing the Travis County District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, who happens to be a Democrat. Context is everything.

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Reflections on President Ford

Former President Gerald Ford died on Tuesday. He was 93 years old.

I was but a wee lad in 1974 when I watched President Nixon announced he was resigning his office and that then VP Ford would be taking over. After the corruption of Nixon on the news every night, Ford was boring. Until he pardoned Nixon.

Even as a kid of 6, I knew it was a bone head move on his part to do it. Now many years later you have to wonder that if Ford wanted to “put Watergate and the Nixon presidency in the past”, then why did he not pardon everyone involved in the Watergate mess?

In an article in the Washington Post, by Bob Woodward, it was noted that on August 1, 1974, before Nixon resigned:

[Nixon’s chief of staff, Alexander M.] Haig presented Ford with six scenarios: Nixon could step aside temporarily under the 25th Amendment, he could just wait and delay the ongoing impeachment process, or he could try to settle for a formal censure. In addition, there were three pardon options. Nixon could pardon himself and resign. Or he could pardon the aides involved and then resign. Or Nixon could agree to leave in return for an agreement that the new President Ford would pardon him.

Closing the Chapter on Watergate Wasn’t Done Lightly

Ford claimed thereafter there was never a deal but one has to wonder if he would have signed a pardon if Haig hadn’t suggested it. It reminds me of those scenes in detective shows when they ask to see some file and the person tells them no but then leaves the file out while saying they need to go to the bathroom and they will be back in 5 minutes. The file clerk didn’t give the file to the detective but he knew what he was doing in leaving it out for the detective to look at.

I remember Ford’s time in office for the bad recession, unemployment, the gas crises, and the evacuation of Saigon. He also told New York city no when it asked for a bail out when it declared bankruptcy. And he had an obsession with the Swine Flu and making sure everyone was vaccinated against it – similar to the hype about the current Bird Flu.

In June of 1976, Ford stopped in Findlay to give a stump speech in front of the Elks club downtown (on the corner of Main Street and Lincoln St). A few thousand people showed up to his rally including me and my family. He was the President, so even if my Mom wasn’t going to vote for him, we still came out to see him.

Across the street from the Elks was the headquarters of Marathon Oil and I remember workers there were looking out and opening windows to hear the speech. Several police officers used a bullhorn and ordered the windows closed for security reasons.

The other interesting note about that rally was a few years later a picture from the event was used in the civics book I had in school. That was cool.

I will agree that President Ford was a nice guy but the pardon of Nixon will taint his short time in office in my book.

Poor Governor Taft: Painted himself into a corner

Poor Governor Taft.

More than a hundred years of family political history tarnished all for free games of golf from lobbyists.

President Taft just turned over in his grave.

Governor Taft pleaded no contest to four first-degree misdemeanor ethics violations, which carried maximum sentences of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine each and he was ordered to write an apology to the citizens of the State of Ohio.

Naturally state Democrats and even some Republicans are calling for Taft to resign and on first gush one would say it is harsh for misdemeanor convictions. I would agree until you find out that during Taft’s time in office he has forced others working for him to resign for less than what he did. He has also gone on record that he would get rid of any state worker who didn’t comply with the ethics laws 100%.

Free golf was the reason four people were forced out: Randall A. Fischer, former director of the Ohio School Facilities Commission; ex-Consumers� Counsel Robert S. Tongren; Richard P. Frenette, manager of the state fair; and Gino Zomparelli, director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

That’s why there are calls for him to resign. Of course his term ends next year and many political people are saying that he should just finish his term since he can’t run again due to term limits.

That’s not to say Taft was a good governor to begin with. I think wallpaper has more personality than Taft. A recent poll showed 51% of Ohioans said “Taft is the governor?” – well not really. A real poll showed that Taft has the highest disapproval rating, 55%, or any governor in 25 years.

I just think the ethics charges are the least of his worries.

I also get a chuckle every time high minded moralistic politicians make absolutist statements then seem to ignore it when it applies to them. Does anyone remember when President Bush said he would fire any staffer who leaked material to the press then seem to forget he said that when his best bud Karl Rove was the one who outed Valerie Plame??

It has happened so much that such statements just don’t mean anything to me anymore.