A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Something Tells Me...

...that this isn't over just yet. Also: Hilarious.

h/t reader JP for the screenshot

That was quick.

"Coulter: the she-devil in her own words"

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Akin Makes a Stretch on Jaffer

I think Mr. Akin is trying to create a political story where there clearly is none, and I must admit I'm somewhat surprised that the normally prudent commentator is making these allegations. But the reality is that this case saw the cocaine possession and DUI charges dropped due to the prosecution realizing it didn't have a strong enough case to proceed with suitable charges, not due to the judge being biased. End of story.

Furthermore, while it's true that Jaffer was a Conservative MP, it's been rumored that party brass turfed him from his riding over proclivities for exactly this sort of behavior. The Liberals, NDP and Bloc can attempt to link the government to this sad scandal all they want, but seeing as how Jaffer is no longer an MP, hasn't been for a while and wasn't when the incident took place, it all sounds a little trite.

That being said, Jaffer's behavior is completely inexcusable and it's entirely fair game for people to point out his apparent hypocrisy re: illegal narcotic use. It's also fair game to argue that he got off far too easy considering the seriousness of charges that were initially levied against against him (and his prior support for tougher sentencing against narcotics violations). But to suggest that this is a case of political interference or judicial bias is a stretch - at best.

On a side note, mainstream media sources tend to pillory conservative-minded folk when they suggest a liberal judicial bias, so it's now rather interesting to see them hunting for a conservative one...

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