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Grievances past, remembered
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, June 15, 2007

Reading this Media Matters story on the allegation that Obama had done "political favor" for "Democratic fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko by writing letters to state and local government officials in support of a Chicago housing project proposed by Rezko's company" - Media Matters disputes it, claiming that since the letter was not solicited, it wasn't really a "favor" — I was reminded of last year's Lefty charge that Senator George Allen had violated ethics rules in regard to stock options and a letter written for a constituent.

The story was eagerly peddled by The American Prospect (Garance Franke-Ruta), Kos, the Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Not Larry Sabato, MyDD and Raising Kaine.

And then, in February of 2007, George Allen was cleared of wrongdoing by the Senate Ethics committee.

Acknowledgments, corrections or retractions from the Left? Non-existent. So far as I can tell, not one of the above-mentioned outlets bothered to mention that their charges had turned out to be bunk.

And then there's Bill Frist, who was also accused of major ethics violations by many of the same actors noted above, only to be cleared this year. The ethics violations occasioned loud comment from the Left. Being cleared? Resounding silence.

Just something to remember the next time the Leftosphere catches a Righty in an error and feigns superiority.
 
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Ah, but you forget, it is the *appearance* of impropriety, not just any impropriety as such, that is unacceptable. Frist, et al. appeared to have committed an impropriety, therefore they are guilty.
 
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