22-May-01 is getting so darn popular! In its May 28 issue, The New Republic's Notebook attacked us for complaining about Ken Starr last year, then reporting on Jeb & Cynthia this year. Hey TNR - are you incapable of seeing the difference between investigative reporting and Ken's Starr Chamber? Starr had unlimited taxpayer funding, unlimited subpoena powers, unlimited use of the FBI. He was given this awesome power to conduct an independent, non-partisan investigation of a specific allegation - the Whitewater hoax. Instead, Ken Starr used this power to conspire with Republicans (including Paula Jones's lawyers and Congressional Republicans) in a partisan destroy-Clinton campaign. In the process, he put the entire country through one year of hell and destroyed the Clinton Presidency and Al Gore's campaign - not to mention ruining the lives of Susan McDougal and Julie Hiatt Steele. If you can't see the difference, then you should be working for Karl Rove - you'd fit right in!

The New Republic May 28, 2001


Speaking of post-Lewinsky changes of heart, Democrats used to spend a lot of time saying that affairs between consulting adults were nobody else's business. But, the website that first wrote about Jeb Bush's supposed dalliance with a state employee, has evidently decided that prying into politicians sex lives isn't so bad after all. Newspapers describe the site as unaffiliated with the Democratic party, but that doesn't absolve top Democratic strategists like Stan Greenberg, Al Gore's storied pollster, and Greg Simon, Gore's former domestic policy advisor, both listed on the website as members of the advisory Board, of responsibility. Have they forgotten that Democrats used to consider Ken Starr and Co. a threat to American civilization? In fact, as recently as last August a Democratic consultant named Bob Fertik said, "Its been nearly two years since Ken Starr committed one of the worst violations of personal privacy in American history in his efforts to destroy President Clinton." Who is Fertik? The co-founder of and author of the website's article on Jeb Bush.

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