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Scowling face of the state
Washington Post, by George Will

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Posted By:toledo, 6/13/2013 7:46:01 AM

As soon as the Constitution permitted him to run for Congress, Al Salvi did. In 1986, just 26 and fresh from the University of Illinois law school, he sank $1,000 of his own money, which was most of his money, into his campaign to unseat an incumbent Democratic congressman. Salvi studied for the bar exam during meals at campaign dinners. He lost his campaign. Today, however, he should be invited to Congress to testify about what happened 10 years later, when he was a prosperous lawyer and won the Republican Senate nomination to run against a Democratic congressman named Dick Durbin.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: minuteman, 6/13/2013 7:53:06 AM     (No. 9373629)

Truly frightening and infuriating.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rather Read, 6/13/2013 7:57:05 AM     (No. 9373636)

I don´t know what´s next, but I am very, very afraid.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wilko, 6/13/2013 8:21:33 AM     (No. 9373682)

Lois Lerner deserves a special place in Hades, or at the very least a cell in the SuperMax prison at Florence, CO.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Stockfootage, 6/13/2013 8:29:21 AM     (No. 9373693)

Having a hard time keeping my breakfast down.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pythagoras, 6/13/2013 8:52:21 AM     (No. 9373722)

#4 has nothing on the average WaPo reader. I wonder if liberals can even manage to finish this column.

We live in interesting times.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/13/2013 8:54:21 AM     (No. 9373729)

Mr. Salvi was on Fox News the other day. He was very credible.

Following the link in the article, it turns out that Durbin in 2010 wrote to Douglas Shulman at he IRS to investigate Crossroads GPS and other conservative groups.

It appears that Mr. Durbin likes to take out his competition by using the government against them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: HPmatt, 6/13/2013 9:03:59 AM     (No. 9373746)

Gee George Will - pls tell us about the exclusive conservative journalist dinner you had with the Bamster before he was elected. Could have blown the whistle back then if you had the courage you seem to have now. The trust placed in you by the First Amendment was not served well by you.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GoPack, 6/13/2013 9:12:35 AM     (No. 9373757)

My God, the man can write. I´ve loved this guy for 30 years.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: geoguy, 6/13/2013 9:25:51 AM     (No. 9373781)

Poster #6, in the early days, Bruce I. Ettelson of Kirkland and Ellis law firm, was on the election finance committee of Dick Durbin and was lent to Zippy to help with is Senate run.

Interestingly, an associate attorney at that firm, Sarah Herlihy, wrote a paper in 2006 that advocated the elimination of the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that a president be a “natural-born” citizen, calling the requirement “stupid” asserting it discriminates, is outdated, and undemocratic.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 6/13/2013 9:32:04 AM     (No. 9373802)

Lerner may have been bad news from the very beginning, but Salvi´s political career was done in by a huge unforced errors. He was within a coupe of points of Durbin in the polls when he went public with an allegation that gun control activist Jim Brady held a federal firearms dealer license. It was a different Jim Brady and Salvi ended up looking like a sloppy amateur.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mort, 6/13/2013 10:01:51 AM     (No. 9373861)

What Mr. Will fails to mention is partisan snakes like Ms. Lerner are not the only party whose actions have cause mistrust in government. Where pray tell is his op-ed regarding his colleagues in the Fourth Estate whose love of all things Democrat and government have allowed these slithering creeps to invest DC. Mr. Will is correct in his assessment of the disease that infects us, unfortunately, he confuses the symptoms with cause.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LadyVet, 6/13/2013 10:09:26 AM     (No. 9373882)

I´m glad to see that Lois Lerner is getting her due: bullying, slithering, scowling. Add lying.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ru4us, 6/13/2013 10:14:31 AM     (No. 9373893)

FTA: The network cannot help but leave, as we all do daily, a digital trail of cellphone, credit card and Internet uses.
Unless they use couriers, as does al qaeda, since at least 2004. How do we know this, from NSA data mining? no. From waterboarding! So it didn´t take Snowden or Leon Panetta to reveal our eavesdropping ministry.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ilovedogs, 6/13/2013 10:44:47 AM     (No. 9373938)

Bottom line: never trust any gov´t official. I don´t know how we forgot to remember that. Even the local dogcatcher. Years ago I had a black lab and a golden retriever. Dogcatcher comes to our house and demands our pets be turned over to him because some black and yellow dog were meances to the neighborhood. Fortunately my dad is an old vet and he explained to the dogcatcher who was leaving and who wasn´t. Two days later they found the meancing black and yellow dog. Point is you don´t trust any of them. And frankly I´ve never been too sure of the meancing dog charge!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: M2, 6/13/2013 11:05:25 AM     (No. 9373974)

The gallows isn´t good enough for Lerner nor those who do her bidding and that of the entire Obama Administration:

I don´t know what word to use to describe Lois Lerner. Hitlerian? Abusive? Sadistic? Authoritarian?:

“Promise me you will never run for office again, and we’ll drop this case.” He was speaking to Lois Lerner...FBI agents visited his elderly mother demanding to know, concerning her $2,000 contribution to her son’s campaign, where she got “that kind of money.”... the lawyer arguing for the FEC was Lois Lerner...More recently, she...used its [IRS] powers of delay, harassment and extortion to suppress political participation....told an Iowa right-to-life group that it would get tax-exempt status if it would promise not to picket Planned Parenthood clinics.

This is extortion, harassment, intimidation and most of all, illegal.

So where is the outrage from our GOP "representatives"? Since McCain and Graham, the two old toothless lions are still waiting for their unicorns to arrive, to whom in Congress can we turn, besides to God, for real, courageous, principled conservativism? Are we that screwed?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 6/13/2013 11:33:55 AM     (No. 9374032)

´toothless lions´. I love that, M2. Just getting around to reading, ´The Secret Knowledge´. It´s tremendous.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: GraniteBayTom, 6/13/2013 12:59:10 PM     (No. 9374224)

Lerner needs to go to jail---NOW!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Adam, 6/13/2013 2:11:41 PM     (No. 9374377)

I love it when Mr. Will still has it.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: ArtieC, 6/13/2013 2:21:22 PM     (No. 9374399)

Lerner will be turned into some sort of hero on the left, just like Bill Clinton. She will be a female victim of Republican bullying. Watch and see.
What is "meancing" btw?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Penney, 6/13/2013 2:22:17 PM     (No. 9374404)

Corruption exposed. ...Now what?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: larryp, 6/13/2013 2:54:58 PM     (No. 9374476)

Another big phony Will. You had obama over to yr house with reporters! Cram it, retire already

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Reply 22 - Posted by: veritas, 6/13/2013 3:25:07 PM     (No. 9374531)

If Obama were in the least honest, if he loved and respected this indispensable nation, if he understood rather than hated America´s values [all of which are impossibilities], he would have demanded investigations into those 100%-plus voting districts.

IMHO, the fact is that he did what he could to make sure those fraudulent vote counts happened.

"[E]vils which are not cured in one way will cure themselves in another."
~~ Thomas Jefferson

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Reply 23 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 6/13/2013 5:38:16 PM     (No. 9374794)

They put themselves in that place. They are afraid because of guilt. They should be.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: O.S. Banker, 6/13/2013 5:54:35 PM     (No. 9374822)

It feels good to read Mr. Will, but it will accomplish exactly nothing. The Republicans in Congress with a few exceptions, have no spines, while the Democrats have no ethics or morals. Law enforcement at the Federal level protects the State, with absolutely no commitments to the rights of the citizens.

It seems that we are living the last half of Atlas Shrugged. My high school history teacher use to say that the natural life span of a Republic was 225 to 250 years, as were celebrating the Bi-Centennial of the Declaration of Independence. Unfortunately it appears that he was correct.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Udanja99, 6/13/2013 6:52:48 PM     (No. 9374895)

The last time I had even a smidgen of trust in the government Ronaldus Magnus was in the White House.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 6/13/2013 8:35:56 PM     (No. 9375002)

These agency bosses (thugs), like Ms. Lerner, are not the ´bottom of the barrel´, they´re the rotgut scrapings off the bottom of the barrel. This story and what it implies should be a front page banner headline all over the country.

This is one of probably hundreds like it, but it´s astounding and shows the ruthlessness and utter disregard for decency these people (we all know who they are) stand for and proudly and smugly practice.

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