Politics · Top 10 Political Scandals - 2010

Top Ten Poliical Scandals of 2010

Bltwy – MSNBC

1.  John Edwards Admits Paternity, While Mistress Does Weird Photo Shoot The former senator finally admitted that he fathered Rielle more

2.  The BP oil spill has been repeatedly called the biggest environmental disaster in American history. Leaving wildlife and the Gulf coast economy devastated, BP’s CEO only made matters worse when he said “I’d like my life back” and the proceeded to hop aboard his yacht as dead birds and economic strife filled the Gulf.

3.  New York Rep. Charlie Rangel spiced up his ethics trial by walking out, declaring he was too broke to pay for representation and throwing himself a lavish birthday party during the proceedings. The strategy didn’t go over so well as he was found guilty of 11 ethics violations, more

4.  It was a rough year for the Gore family. Not long after the former vice president separated from his wife, a masseuse accused Gore of behaving like a crazed sex poodle and fondling her inappropriately. Police eventually ruled that there wasn’t any real evidence and analysts suggested it was an empty National Enquirer fueled storyline, but the accusations left an undeniable stain.

5.  General Stanley McChrystal, the architect of the surge in Afghanistan, is likely still furious at himself for agreeing to a profile by a Rolling Stone reporter. Amid light-hearted details like McChrystal’s love of BudLight Lime, the story more

6.  One of the most powerful Republicans in the country faces the possibility of life behind bars. In November, former U.S. House Majority Leader –- and Dancing with the Stars participant — Tom DeLay was convicted of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates. more

7.  Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left a voicemail for Anita Hill, asking for an apology in October. Anita Hill, you might remember, accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 (when this photograph was taken). The timing of Mrs. more

8.  Oops, I didn’t realize she wasn’t here legally? It’s an awkward revelation for any candidate, but particularly one with a strong anti-undocumented immigrant platform such as former eBay CEO and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Making matters even worse, more

9.  Shirley Sherrod got accused of racism from all sides — the NAACP, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart and the Obama administration — and was forced out of her job at the Department of Agriculture before anyone knew what she’d actually said. more

10. It’s too soon to assess the full extent of WikiLeaks impact on the world. Regardless of whether you think Julian Assange is a terrorist or a hero, however, there’s no denying that he’s a scandal-maker. His organization’s release of thousands of confidential diplomatic cables more

Politico · Politico Top 10 Quotes of the Week

Politi-Quotes: The Week In One-liners

‘The week’s top ten quotes in American politics:

“Don’t worry about it. You should see what we say about you.” – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, paraphrasing the reaction she got from foreign dignitaries upon reading WikiLeaks’ latest document dump. 

“I use the Facebook.” – President George W. Bush, in an interview with Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“I think there’s probably less ‘strategery’ around that than you might think.” – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, channeling the 43rd president during a press briefing.

“I stand in front of you tonight as probably the second most famous immigrant in the history of [the] state of California. The first, of course, is Meg Whitman’s maid.” – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, yukking it up at the Sacramento Press Club’s Scholarship fund.

“Debt denial has gone the way of the dodo bird.” – Sen. Alan Simpson, describing the current state of affairs as he introduced his bipartisan plan to restore fiscal sanity.

“We took a big banana and threw it into the gorilla cage. The gorilla picked it up, mashed it, played with it. But it will eat some.” – Simpson, again.

“I mean, did you see what she did to the halibut the other night on her show?” – Mitt Romney, explaining to Jay Leno why he wouldn’t speak ill of Sarah Palin.

“Very, very urban.” – Rep. Steve King, describing President Obama.

“I knew Ronald Reagan, and you’re no Ronald Reagan.” – Former Reagan staffer Ed Rollins, to Sarah Palin.

“Would you ever ask a man that question?” – Hillary Clinton, when asked by a moderator “Which designers do you prefer?”

Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman Pays $144 Million for her Own Campaign, $5,500 to Her Housekeeper

So, Meg Whitman settles with her housekeeper to the tune of $5,500.  You would think that paying her housekeeper that pawltry sum would have bankrupted the ex-CEO of eBay.  Putting everything in context, Ms. Whitman spends $144M of her personal funds for her California gubernatorial campaign with not so much as a blink.  Yet, she witheld wages from her housekeeper after discovering the woman was undocumented.

The Nation

Meg Whitman, the Republican who spent $144 million of her own money running for governor of California, has agreed to pay her former housekeeper back wages of $5,500.

The housekeeper, Nicky Diaz Santillan, had charged that Whitman underpaid her and then fired her when she learned that she was undocumented. The housekeeper’s press conference, a month before election day, provided the final nail in the coffin of Whitman’s campaign. Latinos were outraged over the mistreatment of someone Whitman said was like a member of her family, and Republicans were outraged that Whitman merely fired her housekeeper and didn’t report her for immediate deportation. 

On election day, Whitman won the votes of only 13 per cent of Latino voters. She lost to Jerry Brown, 54 – 41 per cent. 

The back pay settlement came after a three-hour hearing before the state Division of Labor Standards Enforcement on Wednesday.

The LA Times noted in an editorial that Whitman’s campaign expenditure of $144 million amounted to $36 for every vote she got, and that the $5,500 she owed her housekeeper amounted to “the price of a mere 152 more votes.”

Fox News called the settlement “chump change.” With the money she spent on her campaign, they calculated, Whitman could have settled with 25,455 housekeepers.

The lesson for candidates seems clear: the people who work for you should be paid what you owe them.

Actually that lesson applies not just to candidates, but to all employers.


Midterm Madness: The Year In Review (VIDEO)

Huffington Post – 11-2-2010

Welcome to Election Day, everyone! All year long, we’ve noted that America is facing a host of difficult choices and tough circumstances. Long wars, massive unemployment, a foreclosure crisis that seems to get worse and worse and an economic recovery that’s slow to emerge. How have your would-be lawmakers responded to this time in our lives? With the most infantile, substance-free campaign in memory.

We’ve been watching the campaign ads, the debates, and the interviews, and if there’s some undercurrent of gravitas and maturity and dignity to be found in the country, we’ve not been able to discern it amid all of the chickens and the demon sheep and the gunplay and the singing and the dancing and the barely concealed childish wrath that’s been allowed to masquerade as “conviction.”

If you happened to miss any of our previous chronicles of Midterm Madness, we’re here to help. Here’s the story of how we got to where we are today.

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Latino Voters Deliver the Senate to Democrats

Crooks & Liars

Harry Reid’s comeback can be attributed to a strong campaign, feet on the ground, and Sharron Angle’s bizarre policy ideas, but more than anything else, he should be thanking Latino voters today. From America’s Voice Online:

Based on election eve polling of Latino voters by Latino Decisions, it is clear that Latino voters provided the margin of difference in a number of key races. Check out some of these interesting figures:

  • In the Nevada Senate race, Harry Reid’s Latino margin over Sharron Angle was 90% – 8%. According to exit polls, Latino turnout was up from 12% of the electorate in the 2006 mid-terms to 15% in 2010.
  • In the California Senate race, Barbara Boxer’s Latino margin over Carly Fiorina was 86% – 14%. Latino turnout was up from 19% of the electorate in 2006 to 22% of the electorate in 2010.
  • In the Colorado Senate race, Michael Bennet’s Latino margin over Ken Buck was 81% – 19%. Latino turnout was up from 9% of the electorate in 2006 to 13% in 2010.
  • In the California governor’s race, Jerry Brown’s Latino margin over Meg Whitman was 86% – 13%.
  • In the Colorado governor’s race , John Hickenlooper’s Latino margin over Tom Tancredo and Dan Maes was 77% – 14% – 9%

Among all the calls for the President to be chastened and humble, this is probably a stronger message: Fight for Latinos, Democrats. Fight hard. Immigration reform, the DREAM Act, and jobs. Fight.

Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman’s Sons’ Racism and Entitlement Were Stuff of Legend


Meg Whitman‘s sons, Griff and Will Harsh, have been kicked out of prep schools, an eating club, dormitories, and Princeton’s class of 2008, say people who know them. One incident involving the n-word is already internet famous.

Yesterday we documented big brother Griff’s beer-throwing and sheltered ways. Today, a glimpse at Will Harsh’s little brother blues—and how he compensated with white entitlement, according to a tipster/commenter and classmate:

Griff’s non-refundable membership to Cottage [eating club] was paid in full when he got suspended. So some of the officers would let Will attend some meals and formals events in his brother’s place until Will got banned from there.

The story goes that Will yelled “what are all these niggers doing here” one night when all the members of the Black Arts Company where there to celebrate a show they had performed. Cottage is known as one of the whiter clubs on campus so I assume that he was shocked to see so many black people there in a night. He was already on notice with Cottage officers because of an altercation he started with a bouncer early in the year.

This account varies from Guest of a Guest’s version, which has Will hurling the n-word at a specific person. Unless, of course, there was more than one epithet-related ban?

Sources say Will was kicked out of two prep schools (one New England boarding school and one local private school) and was eventually forced to endure the humiliation of—gasp!—public high school.

While we’re on the subject of scholarship, here’s another item on Griff, which is actually quite sad:

Griff didn’t walk at graduation. I was one of the students working the checkout fair and was responsible for giving students their cap/gowns. Griff wouldn’t take one because he said that he would be traveling.

Sure, walking at graduation is overrated, especially if it’s outdoors and you’re trapped in the sun in one of those awful, heavy black gowns. But there’s something profound about the scion of one of the university’s most generous and celebrated donors declining to walk. Was it too embarrassing? To him, or to his mother? (And, more powerfully: Why?) Or did Griff simply not care enough to move his vacation back a couple days? By his senior year, Griff may have tuned out on campus life, anyway—he had allegedly been banned from living in the dorms, including the $30M residential complex his mother built.

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