Gotta put in a call to George Soros and find out when the hell he intends to send my money.
According to House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert, Soros, a millionaire speculator who funds a lot of Democratic causes, owes a ton of money to me and anyone else who dared suggest he and the Republican leadership of Congress fell asleep at the wheel in the rapidly-developing Mark Foley Congressional page scandal.
"The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros," Hastert said Friday in another lame attempt to weasel his way out of the sex scandal that may bring down his leadership and his party in Congress.
This is the second time in a month that some Republican has accused me of being a "Democratic operative." The first came three weeks ago from Dick Wadhams, campaign manager for Sen. George Allen, another Republican who suffers from foot-in-mouth disease.
In emails to reporters, Wadhams said Democrats paid me to go public about times I had heard Allen use racial slurs. Guess that check must be in the mail too because I’ve never received a dime from the Democratic Party or anyone connected with them.
I have, however, received a lot of money from Republicans over the years. I worked for the party of the elephant from 1981-87 in various jobs on Capitol Hill and in Congressional and national campaigns.
And since Hastert is in the business of accusing me, and others, of being part of some nefarious scheme funded by Democratic fat cats to undermine Republican elected officials, let me remind him of something he seems to forget – that I, and others that he knows, were part of a group funded by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife to try and bring down President Bill Clinton.
Republicans like to complain about Soros but their memories get selective when it comes to Scaife, who spent far more in trying to undermine a Democratic president and who got hauled before a grand jury in 1998 to explain just what the hell he thought he was doing.
In late 1992, shortly after Clinton’s election, I was invited to a meeting at The Eddie Mahe Company in Washington. Among those in attendance was Peter W. Smith, a Chicago businessman, conservative activist and a fundraiser for Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich. Another attendee was Richard Porter, a law partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland and Ellis. Porter worked in the George H.W. Bush administration and was also a law partner of Kenneth W. Starr, who headed up the much-ballyhooed "Whitewater" investiation that turned, instead, into a witch hunt over Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The stated "purpose" of the meeting was to mount a campaign to defeat First Lady Hillary Clinton’s national health care plan but the discussion quickly turned to her husband’s sex life and the so-called "Troopergate" scandal where Arkansas State Troopers supposedly supplied willing bedmates for Clinton while he served as governor.
The following year I went to work for Mahe’s company and participated in a number of projects funded by Smith, who I later discovered was helping funnel money from Scaife into projects aimed at discrediting Clinton. That meeting in 1992 was part of the so-called "Arkansas Project," a massive anti-Clinton effort that cost Scaife $2.4 million. I quit working on the projects when I learned of Scaife’s involvement.
In 1997, Scaife cut off funding for the project and would later tell a federal grand jury that he had "grave concerns" about how the money was spent. Obviously, his spending turned out to be a poor investment. Clinton served two full terms in office and survived impeachment proceedings.
When Denny Hastert tries to pass the blame for his troubles off on political opponents and Democratic billionaires he practices the kind of hypocrisy that defines his party and the dismal state of our government.
Down here in the hills of Virginia we call this kind of sleazebag politics "the pot calling the kettle black." We also call those who practice that kind of doublespeak "liars and scumbags."