Saw the tweets from MPR’s @TomScheck (and if you’re not following Tom on Twitter, you should):

Here’s the lede and a snippet:

Former top Koch staffer raised concerns about her conduct months ago
by Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio,
Catharine Richert, Minnesota Public Radio
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Michel acknowledged that Sheehan’s comments contradict the comments he and three other senators made to reporters on Friday. At that time, Michel said the allegations about Koch’s behavior were first reported to them a few weeks ago. Michel said he wasn’t honest about the timeline in an attempt to protect Sheehan and other staffers.
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(more, and I suggest you read it here)

So, Michel only lied when he has to? Or, is it safe to say “Michel only lies when he has to”?

“Right” now, Michel is only the “Interim Senate Majority Leader.” Smart money should wager despite Michel’s role in this whole sordid affair, he’ll be endorsed for re-election in the Greed Over Principles Party anyway. Of course, if that happens, he might simply be the “Interim Senator from Edina.”

What Michel really is, is today’s example of what GOPer Michael Steele said back then: “you have absolutely no reason – none – to trust our words or actions at this point”.

True then, true now, and tomorrow won’t be any different. Nixon would be proud.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

… numbers don’t lie, but GOPers use numbers.

Well, it could also be: …those that forget the lessons of history tend to vote GOP.

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicActually, it’s “both” and it has to do with Pawlenty in 2009 doing something with the budget process that the State Supreme Court, in 2010, said he couldn’t, and recent claims by the Minnesota GOPers that – surprisingly – bring Pawlenty’s unallotment actions up at, coincidentally, the same time Pawlenty officially announces his presidential run.

Here’s the deal – in January of 2010, I wrote a post titled “The Minnesota Budget Crisis, By The Numbers”. The post was about how Minnesota got into Governor TBag’s Unallotment mess. Suffice it to say, GOPers were makin’ (stuff) up about THAT deal, too.

In a nutshell, here’s what happened during the 2009 Legislative Session: the February 2009 Forecast predicted revenues of $31.1 Billion (rounded). Knowing that number, Gov. TBag proceeded to sign Spending Bills of $33.8 Billion (rounded) anyway.

This created a deficit of $2.7 Billion (rounded) from Governor-approved spending — remember, when TBag signed those spending bills, they were now law). A bill to balance that deficit, HF-2323, was passed and presented to Gov. TBag to sign. Except, TBag didn’t sign that revenue bill to balance the budget; he vetoed it.

Upon creating an unbalanced budget, rather than call a Special Session, TBag immediately claimed unilateral power to fix the problem he created, and then hit the campaign trail. As to TBag’s actions creating an anticipated budget problem, then using powers to deal with unanticipated budget problems? The Court was not amused.

The only reason GOPers today can use that “$32 Billion” number, is because in 2009 Pawlenty did something the Supreme Court ruled he couldn’t.

The reality is that the “$34 Billion” compromise number the Kochzellerstan crowd is crowing about today, is really the same “$33.8 Billion” number that Pawlenty signed into law, before he went all Nixonian by utilizing excessive - and illegalUnitary Executive Power (Nixon would be so proud!)

The bottom line is that in 2009, GOPer Governor Tim Pawlenty took state budgeting into unchartered waters; waters the Supreme Court eventually found illegal. In 2011, GOPer Majorities in both the State House and State Senate are again taking the state into unchartered waters – by refusing to negotiate and submit budget bills Governor Dayton would be willing to sign.

The fact that they are making (stuff) up by claiming to have “compromised” to a number Pawlenty already was at 2 years ago only goes to show, once again, that numbers don’t lie, but GOPers use numbers.

And, of course, anybody that falls for the BS GOPer line that they compromised to $34B also goes to show, once again, that those that forget the lessons of history tend to vote GOP.

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That picture, above? I found it via a tweet by GOPer Freshman State Rep Kurt Daudt:

(crossposted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

Currently in Minnesota, all legislative bills are fisked and given fiscal notes by an agency in the Executive Branch, MN Management & Budget (MM&B). Here’s the problem with that, for today’s GOP Legislative “Leaders” – MM&B has been pointing out GOPer numbers haven’t been adding up; for instance, GOPers “claim” their Senate File 908 will save taxpayers (using THEIR numbers) an impressive $36.6 MILLION. But, that’s using THEIR numbers.

The MM&B’s Fiscal Note shows this GOPer Bill will cost – yes, COST – taxpayers almost a half MILLION ($435,000.00, actually) over the next biennium.

GOPers have been taking fire over their Enron Accounting gimmicks. What do good GOPers do, when people they can’t control don’t give them what they want? Fire ‘em! Just like Nixon did with The Saturday Night Massacre, just like republiCon Ron’s response to The Tostenson Memo, “Fire ‘EM!!” — it’s a time honored tradition in the Greed Over Principles Party!

Hmmm… who to do the dirty deed? Need someone you can count on… a reliable numbers guy….. Hey! Here’s where “Stats” Banaian comes in!!! I saw this in a tweet, and sure enough, there it was:

There’s a lot these GOPers have been doing in this session, that reminds me of Nixon. Sometime, I might just make a list. If I do, “Stats” Banaian is sure to be on it.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

… Republicans Believe In The Rule Of Law (except when they don’t)

Ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker got spanked in court yesterday, AGAIN.

From the Milwaulkee Journal-Sentinel: Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi – “Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”

Pretty clear, eh? Well, not to GOPers:

But outside the courtroom, Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the legislation “absolutely” is still in effect.

Just where do GOPers get that kind of nonsense/legal reasoning?

By channelling the ghost of Milhous Nixon – let’s look!!!

(direct link to YouTube)

Nixon: “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

Well, to be fair, GOPers think that when a GOPer president/governor/etc etc etc does it… that means it’s not illegal.

GOPers believed that then; they believe it now, and tomorrow won’t be any different, because Republicans Believe In The Rule Of Law (except when they don’t).

The first installment of this Strongman Report series was subtitled …Today’s Example of “Republicans run on the platform ‘Government doesn’t work!’ – and once elected, they prove it.”. Graphics and links for previous installments in this series follow.

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

…the more things change, the more the GOP is indeed the “Greed Over Principles” party.

And it’s important to remember the lessons of history; those that don’t tend to vote GOP. So I present Nixon’s resignation speech, as a reminder of why it’s so important to elect Democrats this November.

Good evening.

This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this Nation. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the national interest.

In all the decisions I have made in my public life, I have always tried to do what was best for the Nation. Throughout the long and difficult period of Watergate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me.

In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort. As long as there was such a base, I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the constitutional process through to its conclusion, that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future.

But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served, and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged.

I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interests of the Nation must always come before any personal considerations.

From the discussions I have had with Congressional and other leaders, I have concluded that because of the Watergate matter I might not have the support of the Congress that I would consider necessary to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this office in the way the interests of the Nation would require.

I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as President, I must put the interest of America first. America needs a full-time President and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad.

To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Congress in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at home.

Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn in as President at that hour in this office.

As I recall the high hopes for America with which we began this second term, I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office working on your behalf to achieve those hopes in the next 2 1/2 years. But in turning over direction of the Government to Vice President Ford, I know, as I told the Nation when I nominated him for that office 10 months ago, that the leadership of America will be in good hands.

In passing this office to the Vice President, I also do so with the profound sense of the weight of responsibility that will fall on his shoulders tomorrow and, therefore, of the understanding, the patience, the cooperation he will need from all Americans.

As he assumes that responsibility, he will deserve the help and the support of all of us. As we look to the future, the first essential is to begin healing the wounds of this Nation, to put the bitterness and divisions of the recent past behind us, and to rediscover those shared ideals that lie at the heart of our strength and unity as a great and as a free people.

By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.

I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision. I would say only that if some of my judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were made in what I believed at the time to be the best interest of the Nation.

To those who have stood with me during these past difficult months, to my family, my friends, to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right, I will be eternally grateful for your support.

And to those who have not felt able to give me your support, let me say I leave with no bitterness toward those who have opposed me, because all of us, in the final analysis, have been concerned with the good of the country, however our judgments might differ.

So, let us all now join together in affirming that common commitment and in helping our new President succeed for the benefit of all Americans.

I shall leave this office with regret at not completing my term, but with gratitude for the privilege of serving as your President for the past 5 1/2 years. These years have been a momentous time in the history of our Nation and the world. They have been a time of achievement in which we can all be proud, achievements that represent the shared efforts of the Administration, the Congress, and the people.

But the challenges ahead are equally great, and they, too, will require the support and the efforts of the Congress and the people working in cooperation with the new Administration.

We have ended America’s longest war, but in the work of securing a lasting peace in the world, the goals ahead are even more far-reaching and more difficult. We must complete a structure of peace so that it will be said of this generation, our generation of Americans, by the people of all nations, not only that we ended one war but that we prevented future wars.

We have unlocked the doors that for a quarter of a century stood between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

We must now ensure that the one quarter of the world’s people who live in the People’s Republic of China will be and remain not our enemies but our friends.

In the Middle East, 100 million people in the Arab countries, many of whom have considered us their enemy for nearly 20 years, now look on us as their friends. We must continue to build on that friendship so that peace can settle at last over the Middle East and so that the cradle of civilization will not become its grave.

Together with the Soviet Union we have made the crucial breakthroughs that have begun the process of limiting nuclear arms. But we must set as our goal not just limiting but reducing and finally destroying these terrible weapons so that they cannot destroy civilization and so that the threat of nuclear war will no longer hang over the world and the people.

We have opened the new relation with the Soviet Union. We must continue to develop and expand that new relationship so that the two strongest nations of the world will live together in cooperation rather than confrontation.

Around the world, in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, in the Middle East, there are millions of people who live in terrible poverty, even starvation. We must keep as our goal turning away from production for war and expanding production for peace so that people everywhere on this earth can at last look forward in their children’s time, if not in our own time, to having the necessities for a decent life.

Here in America, we are fortunate that most of our people have not only the blessings of liberty but also the means to live full and good and, by the world’s standards, even abundant lives. We must press on, however, toward a goal of not only more and better jobs but of full opportunity for every American and of what we are striving so hard right now to achieve, prosperity without inflation.

For more than a quarter of a century in public life I have shared in the turbulent history of this era. I have fought for what I believed in. I have tried to the best of my ability to discharge those duties and meet those responsibilities that were entrusted to me.

Sometimes I have succeeded and sometimes I have failed, but always I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena, “whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is not effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deed, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumphs of high achievements and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

I pledge to you tonight that as long as I have a breath of life in my body, I shall continue in that spirit. I shall continue to work for the great causes to which I have been dedicated throughout my years as a Congressman, a Senator, a Vice President, and President, the cause of peace not just for America but among all nations, prosperity, justice, and opportunity for all of our people.

There is one cause above all to which I have been devoted and to which I shall always be devoted for as long as I live.

When I first took the oath of office as President 5 1/2 years ago, I made this sacred commitment, to “consecrate my office, my energies, and all the wisdom I can summon to the cause of peace among nations.”

I have done my very best in all the days since to be true to that pledge. As a result of these efforts, I am confident that the world is a safer place today, not only for the people of America but for the people of all nations, and that all of our children have a better chance than before of living in peace rather than dying in war.

This, more than anything, is what I hoped to achieve when I sought the Presidency. This, more than anything, is what I hope will be my legacy to you, to our country, as I leave the Presidency.

To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every American. In leaving it, I do so with this prayer: May God’s grace be with you in all the days ahead.

(cross posted from MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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Then – Richard Nixon interviewed, in 1977:

David Frost: “Would you say that there are certain situations – and the Huston Plan was one of them – where the president can decide that it’s in the best interests of the nation, and do something illegal?”

Richard Nixon: “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” (Guardian.uk)

Now – D*ck Cheney interviewed, 2009:

WALLACE: So even these cases where they went beyond the specific legal authorization, you’re OK with it?

CHENEY: I am. (FauxNews.com)

Ladies and Gentlemen, just another example of when the Party Of Nixon breaks laws, they say laws don’t matter.

(originally published at MnProgressiveProject.com)

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Last Monday, TheHill.com reported:

The ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), were among nine GOP senators who sent a letter last week to Holder urging him to back off from the idea of appointing the special prosecutor.(TheHill.com)

Way to go, guys!!! Ehrlichman, Haldeman, G. Gordon and the boys would have loved to have you in the senate, way back when!!!

Torture and potential crimes have been discussed here on MnProgressive Project recently. I’ve posted two; once last Friday in a post entitled “The GOP’s Tortured Logic” and again last Monday, in a post entitled Special Prosecutor Appointed To Probe Potential Bush Administration Crimes, Grace Kelly weighed in yesterday, in a post entitled “St. Thomas Law Professor Robert Delahunty’s “Torture Memos”", and twice by former FBI Agent Coleen Rowley; last Friday in a post entitled “Homework Assignment for St. Thomas Law School on Torture” and again yesterday, in a post entitled “Calling Out the Torture Enablers at St. Thomas Law School”. The facts are there….sadly, so are GOPer “talking points”. And no one carries the water does the talking points for GOPers better than Billo The Clown Bill O’Reilly. Let’s watch!

Now, here’s the exchange that “highlights” the GOP’s position that when they break laws, laws don’t matter:

FLOYD: That pressure has been on to investigate what went on in these interrogations since long before Eric Holder had this job. And yes, it is correct that Obama has said from the beginning that he wants to look forward.

O’REILLY: Yeah, and he’s smart to do that. Right.

FLOYD: And he doesn’t want to look back.

O’REILLY: Right.

FLOYD: And that’s a political choice. And it’s probably a wise strategy, but Eric Holder is not in a political job.

O’REILLY: Yeah, but he can get fired.

FLOYD: That’s right, he can, but you can’t make decisions as attorney general because you’re afraid of getting fired.

O’REILLY: But how many attorney generals did Nixon fire? He fired one a week.

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Not only is Billo The Clown claiming that “prosecutorial discretion” should preclude Attorney General Holder from investigating torture crimes, Billo The Clown is using Nixon – NIXON – as a reason why Attorney General Holder shouldn’t be investigating crimes of torure!!!

(Hat Tip to CrooksAndLiars.com)

O’REILLY: “Unresolved problem” segment tonight, President Obama’s on record as saying he does not want to prosecute CIA agents, who may have broken rules and laws and interrogating terror suspects after 9/11. However, Attorney General Eric Holder has now decided to appoint a prosecutor to investigate about dozen cases of alleged CIA wrongdoing, while interrogating the terror suspects. And he wants to see if crimes were committed.

Justice Department official John Durham will head the probe. And with us now to analyze, attorney and Democratic strategist Jami Floyd.

So this will make the ACLU happy, but I don’t think it’s going to make Barack Obama happy.

JAMI FLOYD, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST: Well, that’s not Holder’s job. You know, I think being A.G. is the hardest job in the administration because you’re not working for the president. You’re working for us. You’re working for the constitution. You’ve got to do what’s right by the constitution and by the laws of the United States. And if the special prosecutor is what’s needed here, that’s what he’s got to do.

O’REILLY: Yeah, but you know.

FLOYD: .whether Obama likes it or not.

O’REILLY: .there are – I just don’t know. I know Holder and Obama are friends. So I’m not going to say that Holder did – they’re not playing some subterfuge game. They may be, excuse, but you know there’s prosecutional discretion on most everything.

And in this case, all the polls show that Americans do not want this. They think it’s a witch-hunt. And even the old memos that he’s going by, this is at the end of the memo. And you will not see this on any other news program. The memo that Holder is going by to appoint the special prosecutor says, “The CIA’s interrogation program was an absolute success in protecting Americans from another attack and that includes waterboarding and all of that. “Absolute success. ”

FLOYD: The 2004 memo.

O’REILLY: That’s what this is.

FLOYD: .goes back to 2004.

O’REILLY: Right.

FLOYD: .in the Bush administration.

O’REILLY: Right.

FLOYD: That pressure has been on to investigate what went on in these interrogations since long before Eric Holder had this job. And yes, it is correct that Obama has said from the beginning that he wants to look forward.

O’REILLY: Yeah, and he’s smart to do that. Right.

FLOYD: And he doesn’t want to look back.

O’REILLY: Right.

FLOYD: And that’s a political choice. And it’s probably a wise strategy, but Eric Holder is not in a political job.

O’REILLY: Yeah, but he can get fired.

FLOYD: That’s right, he can, but you can’t make decisions as attorney general because you’re afraid of getting fired.

O’REILLY: But how many attorney generals did Nixon fire? He fired one a week.

FLOYD: I’m thinking about Nixon. I’m thinking about Nixon.

O’REILLY: Okay. All right, now.

FLOYD: But you can’t be thinking about Nixon if you’re attorney general.

O’REILLY: I don’t trust Eric Holder. I’ll tell you why. He’s the guy that wanted Marc Rich to be pardoned. Do you know who Marc Rich is?

FLOYD: I know all about Mark Rich.

O’REILLY: Okay, he’s.

FLOYD: I know about Scooter Libby, too.

O’REILLY: Who went to Bill Clinton on the last day of the Clinton administration, who pleaded Marc Rich.

FLOYD: This is not.

O’REILLY: Wait, wait, wait, Jami, who pleaded Marc Rich’s case. The biggest tax cheat in American history, Holder goes in second in command in the Justice Department.

FLOYD: Bill.

O’REILLY: .says Mr. President.

FLOYD: Bill?

O’REILLY: .give this giant tax cheat a pardon.

FLOYD: Bill, the big news of today is the memo. It’s not Marc Rich.

O’REILLY: But it’s.

FLOYD: It’s the 2004 memo.

O’REILLY: I just tell you why I don’t trust him.

FLOYD: Look.

O’REILLY: Unless you can explain to me why he did that, I don’t trust this guy.

FLOYD: But here’s the good news if you don’t trust him. Here’s the good news. He has now appointed.

O’REILLY: Yeah?

FLOYD: .another man, a prosecutor, independent of Eric Holder, a prosecutor, independent.

O’REILLY: Yeah.

FLOYD: .who is a special prosecutor.

O’REILLY: Yeah.

FLOYD: .who is now going to look into this matter.

O’REILLY: Right.

FLOYD: .that has been on the table since 2004. Since before Eric Holder’s time. The pressure has been on the Justice Department for years.

O’REILLY: From whom? The ACLU.

FLOYD: No.

O’REILLY: Not from the folks.

FLOYD: No, no, no.

O’REILLY: The folks don’t want it.

FLOYD: But the pressure has been on from all sectors.

O’REILLY: What sectors?

FLOYD: Having to do with the memos of John, you, and others. Having to do with what went on in Abu Ghraib.

O’REILLY: There’s no – wait, wait, Jami, you’re crazy.

FLOYD: Having to do.

O’REILLY: Obama doesn’t want it. O’Reilly doesn’t want it. Those are the two most powerful people in the country. All right?

(LAUGHTER)

FLOYD: The big O’s aren’t the question.

O’REILLY: All the polls say 65 percent.

FLOYD: The big goal.

O’REILLY: .don’t want it.

FLOYD: The big goal is not the question.

O’REILLY: There is no pressure.

FLOYD: The big O’s aren’t the question. The question is the constitution and the federal law on torture.

O’REILLY: Oh, stop, stop.

FLOYD: .and whether it’s violated.

O’REILLY: It’s totally discretionary.

FLOYD: All that’s being looked at here is whether or not there’s enough evidence to investigate.

O’REILLY: That’s true.

FLOYD: If there’s not enough evidence.

O’REILLY: That’s true.

FLOYD: .we move on.

O’REILLY: All right.

FLOYD: If there’s evidence, we indict.

O’REILLY: Leon Panetta issues a statement today to his guys and says we don’t want this. And then.

FLOYD: Well.

O’REILLY: Mukasey.

FLOYD: See, that’s a CIA.

O’REILLY: Right.

FLOYD: Of course he doesn’t want it.

O’REILLY: That’s a good point, but Panetta’s a Democrat. Says I don’t want. Mukasey, the former CIA guys go, hey, if do you this, Holder, no foreign country is going to cooperate with the United States and intel gathering because they don’t want to be dragged into any scandal. So we’re going to lose all intel drying up around the world. And you might be killed because of it, Jami.

FLOYD: This is not about politics. This is not about party.

O’REILLY: See, you’re totally ignoring my question.

FLOYD: This is about — you didn’t ask a question.

O’REILLY: I did. You made a statement.

O’REILLY: You made statement.

O’REILLY: You may be killed because of this crazy decision by Holder.

FLOYD: We have federal laws on torture for a reason. We can’t just violate them willy-nilly. And if they’ve been violated, we need to prosecute.

O’REILLY: You go any war, you could have prosecuted Abraham Lincoln for suspending habeas corpus.

FLOYD: Okay, look, they’re going to investigate.

O’REILLY: Okay?

FLOYD: We’ll see what they find.

O’REILLY: Yeah.

FLOYD: And then you’ll have me back. And we’ll talk about what they found.

O’REILLY: I’ll have you back if you’re alive.

FLOYD: I’ll be alive, Bill.

O’REILLY: You may be killed because the terrorists — all of that stuff’s going to dry up according to Mukasey.

FLOYD: I`ll be alive Bill O’Reilly.

O’REILLY: I’m sorry, Hayden . I made a mistake. I said it’s Mukasey. It’s Hayden. Michael Hayden. All right? Do I have that right? I hope I do. Yes, Hayden.

FLOYD: Yes, it’s Hayden.

O’REILLY: Michael.

FLOYD: Mukasey was at Justice.

O’REILLY: You know, I can’t keep track of them all. Jami Floyd, everybody.

(crossposted from MnProgressiveProject.com)