We Saw This Coming

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

I’m not sure who it was, but somebody expected that Republicans would downplay the possibility that members of the Bush Administration would be indicted for "only" perjury.  Yet, when it was Clinton, perjury was a terrible terrible thing.

Well, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson wins the award.  Via Think Progress, we learn what she said in February 1999:

[S]omething needs to be said that is a clear message that our rule of law is intact and the standards for perjury and obstruction of justice are not gray….  [O]ur system of criminal justice depends on people telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. That is the lynch pin of our criminal justice system and I don’t want it to be faded in any way.

But now, in light of the pending perjury indictments against members of the administration, perjury is reduced to a mere legal "technicality":

"…if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn’t indict on the crime and so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation was not a waste of time and taxpayer dollars."

Flip.  Flop.  IOKIYAR (It’s Okay If You’re A Republican…)