Is Abuse of Government Power Not a Real Story If Democrats Are the Abusers?

| October 28, 2008 | Reply

So where is the MSM in reporting this abuse of government power?

State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about “Joe the Plumber.”

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher’s driver’s license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

In the state where I live, you can get into serious trouble for accessing even MVA records without an appropriate official reason. I know of folks who have done jail time and have lost their jobs because they checked out the backgrounds of people they shouldn’t. It is a huge violation of privacy laws and it ought to be a much larger story than it has been thus far. Remember when a couple chuckleheads decided to look up the passport information of John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama? That made national news for a solid week, even though none of the information gained int he search actually went public. Two people were fired as a result of that, just for the access to Obama’s records. Obama’s spokesman Bill Burton at the time fulminated that the breach was “outrageous”. He’s been pretty quiet about this. I guess it’s not so much an outrage when you’re doing the violating as it is when you’re violated. I would have expected Burton, as the pointman for a politician who says that he cares about the average American, to summon a little righteous anger on Wurzelbacher’s behalf.

So, at this point, it’s just the Columbus Dispatch doing the real work here and good for them. They’re doing what they should be doing. The national media, on the other hand, have decided to take a break on this one.

I guess they’re saving their energy for the orgy of corruption and strongarming that we’re going to see for the next four years under a Democratically-controlled government. It’s either that or they’re so in the bag for Obama that the topic that made the media a national fixture after Watergate – abuse of government power – just doesn’t have the same attraction when it’s a Democrat reaping the benefits.

The common spin, no doubt, is that we’re just seeing the actions of overzealous low-level employees, not connected in any way to the Obama campaign. Which would be a good excuse if not for the face that the director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Helen Jones-Kelly, authorized some poking around in Wurzelbacher’s records to see if he had any child-support cases open on him. She authorized the check immediately after the third Presidential debate where John McCain invoked Wurzelbacher’s question effectively against Obama. She claims that she performed a routine service. One of Ace’s readers calls shenanigans and I’m inclined to believe the reader because her story stinks to high Heaven.

And wouldn’t you just know that Helen Jones-Kelly is a maxed-out contributor to Barack Obama’s campaign. Gee. Well what a coinkidink! And the Democratic Governor of Ohio put out a statement that they “don’t have any reason to believe the information was improperly accessed or disclosed by a state employee”. This is the same guy who was so strongly considered a top candidate for Joe Biden’s VP spot that he had to practically hit the MSM with a crowbar to make sure they understood that he wasn’t interested in it. Is he really sure he can’t think of a political reason those records might have been accessed by a person who has ponied up over two grand to the Obama campaign this year? Really?

Oh well. I guess it’s not terribly important, all that privacy and stuff, huh?

I’m sure the Obama campaign is preparing the statements of condemnation as we speak for the invasions of Wurzelbacher’s privacy committed in its name.


(via memeorandum)

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