Sadly, bipartisan means the opposite of what it meant in politically happier times on Capitol Hill. Now it means baiting the opposition into doing something that seethes with partisanship. This has never been more excruciatingly obvious than with two of the biggest partisan charades we have seen in years. On one hand, we have Democrats fighting tooth and nail to not participate in a House probe of what happened in Benghazi even though they will blame the investigation for not being bipartisan.
Conspiracies and Scandals
Does our chief tax extorting agency view conservatives less favorably than pedophile clergy and those who protect them? With a nearly $20 million settlement awarded to victims of abuse in Chicago that raised questions of what church officials did to stop a pedophile priest, we should ask whether our legacy of hands-off religious tolerance has reached the same level of absurdity as what happened at the Internal Revenue Service.
Conspiracy theories are for people with too much time on their hands and too little in their heads. Real conspiracies, like the two now occupying our headlines, are the stuff of congressional investigations and impeachment hearings. They cost time and money to sort out when lawmakers should be doing something other than policing our wayward government.
Who could have predicted that the Supreme Court decision on SB 1070, the Arizona law that kicked off the furor over state immigration enforcement, would coincide so perfectly with the heat being turned up on Eric Holder over Fast and Furious? Under Holder’s direction the Justice Department has had quite a romp going after states to enforce Obama administration policies on illegal immigration, whacking states for common sense voter ID laws and blocking their efforts to crack down on illegal immigrants that the Federal Government admits it does not have the resources to control.