posted on May 17, 2012 10:28
The breakfast talk turned to John Edwards’ trial – and to a recent PBS special on President Clinton. Someone asked: “Is George Holding going to go down in history as the Kenneth Starr of North Carolina politics?”
Starr will forever be remembered as the obsessed special prosecutor who produced a detailed, explicit examination of Clinton’s tawdry, seamy sex affair with Monica Lewinsky. In the end, the panting, near-pornographic report hurt Starr’s reputation more than Clinton’s.
So the question arises: What happens to Holding’s reputation if John Edwards gets off (pardon the expression) or gets a light penalty?
It was Holding who started the government’s Javert-like pursuit of Edwards. At the trial, it appears, the government spent several weeks and called a lot of witnesses to prove something that everybody knew: Edwards behaved badly.
Less clear is whether he broke the law, which is what our tax dollars are supposedly being spent to determine.
Even a conservative Republican like Paul Coble, who lost the 13th Congressional District nomination to Holding, questioned whether the whole thing was a waste of tax money.
Republican primary voters, presumably, think this was no place where Holding should have honored his vow to cut federal spending.
Holding will doubtless be in Congress next year. Less certain is what reputation he will take with him.
Thursday, May 17, 2012 3:21 PM
Wow! You're giving up already, Gary? That doesn't sound like you....not at all. The "sour grapes" diatribe about how Holding is gonna be some kind of Kenneth Starr because of his persuit of Edwards sounds JUST like you, however. Carter will be elated to see your statement that "Holding will doubtless be in Congress next year."
I've seen an increase in giving up from dems lately. I heard today (on the EIB radio network...okay, I know that's not exactly what you dems would call a "legitimate" source) that a Gallup poll is showing Romney leading Obama in NC and another poll (can't remember which one...maybe Rasmussen) that McCrory is WAY ahead in the guv's race. And, the talk radio host was saying that the DNC is considering shuffling some of its funding into other states like Ohio rather than fight a losing effort in NC.
It's not normal for this kind of "giving up" and juxtapositioning this early in an election year. What's going on?
Thursday, May 17, 2012 4:21 PM
Hopefully, the reputation will be of unmercifully slashing government spending to the bone, drop-kicking Obama's sorry takeover of medicare and ending deals like the $100B to GM, a company now worth only $36B.