Harrison and Stover are on the hot seat. Anything they say in their defense — even an off-hand remark — can and will be used against them. Their lawyers would be fools if they didn’t insist that their clients take the Fifth Amendment.Cute how he has quotation marks around the word scandal, isn't it?
Do the Republicans know this? Of course. Do they care? Of course not. For an hour and a half on Friday morning, they peppered the two men with questions about this “taxpayer ripoff,” as Representative Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican, described it, knowing full well that Harrison and Stover would invoke their constitutional right to remain silent. Joe McCarthy would have been proud.
The purpose of the hearing — indeed, the point of manufacturing a Solyndra investigation in the first place — is to embarrass the president. That’s how Washington works in the modern age: the party out of power gins up phony scandals aimed at hurting the party in power.
Undoubtedly, the Solyndra “scandal” will draw a little blood: there are some embarrassing e-mails showing the White House pushing to get the deal done quickly so it could tout Solyndra’s green jobs as part of the stimulus package.
The comments are a hoot. Here's a typical example:
Typical idiocy from the Republicans. Truth is the Republicans today are little more than a party run by deluded, bitter southerners who want to re-litigate the civil war. Add a black man as President and it is just too much.Speaking of country clubs, Bill Clinton today joined Barack Obama on the links. Glad to see his dismal poll ratings don't have him worried.
I am not sure who is worse, this tea party bunch wing of this party, or the rest of the Republicans who stick with them so they can (they imagine) keep a few more dollars in their pockets. This even though their country clubs and businesses are all going bankrupt.