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Is Garland seeking revenge on GOP?

Is Garland seeking revenge on GOP?

Certainly, Attorney General Merrick Garland must have been very disappointed in not being confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court.  Democrats claim that seat was stolen by then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Yes, there was some bare-knuckle political fighting, but nothing unconstitutional … illegal … or nothing that Democrats would not have done if the situation was reversed.

But just as pragmatic politics was at play in holding up the Garland nomination, retribution is also a mainstay in political matters.  The Capitol Hill riot has given Garland a golden opportunity to inflict retribution on the GOP.

As President Biden’s Attorney General, Garland has a natural political interest in making Republicans look bad.  The circumstances of his failed Supreme Court nomination can only amplify his natural and normal political biases. 

Yes, they say that he is committed to following the facts and applying the rule-of-law in an impartial manner — that the Justice Department is a quasi-independent agency.  Yeah, right.  And I suppose Biden is a triathlon athlete.  Anyone who gets appointed by a partisan politician is going to be partisan to a greater or lesser degree … period. 

Garland is getting criticized by the rabid partisans on the left for being too slow in bringing charges against Capitol Hill rioters.  They also complain that the charges are too mild – nothing that supports the Democrats’ narrative that it was a deeply rooted and carefully planned insurrection as part of a broader coup attempt that is still going on.

Garland’s failure to meet the hardcore partisans’ desires may have to do with the fact that even a biased Attorney General has to live within the boundaries of the law to some extent.  He must evaluate what can win convictions in court.  The political narrative of an insurrection does not seem to meet the legal standards with which Garland has to deal.  Maybe the G can indict a ham sandwich, but he will not get a conviction in a court-of-law.

How far Garland will go in the future to politicize the process is yet to be determined.  He has some options.  But before we get to the future, Garland may have revealed his political interests already.

The normal procedure when both the Department of Justice and Congress have an interest in a potential criminal case is for the DOJ that takes precedence.  Congress stands down until the DOJ has done its work.  One of the reasons is that the DOJ deals with the law … indictments … court cases … sentencing.  Congress can only “investigate” and produce nothing more than political fodder.   It cannot indict or prosecute.  It cannot even enforce its own subpoenas.  It must rely on the DOJ to do that.

Another reason that the DOJ generally goes first is that Congress –in pursuing its partisan interests – can screw up an investigation.  It can – and has – weakened the legal cases against potential defendants.  I can give witnesses vital information before they are brought in by the DOJ.  

So, why didn’t the DOJ go first?

Did you ever wonder why the DOJ has not been enforcing Congressional subpoenas in the Capitol Hill riot case?  It is possible because the DOJ would prefer to hear from the witnesses BEFORE Congress mucks up the testimony.

So, why didn’t the DOJ go first?

In not taking up the DOJ’s prerogative to go first, Garland may be revealing his political hand.  If a real criminal investigation were going on – especially against powerful political figures – that investigation would have remained behind closed doors until indictments were issued.  Although there would be occasional politically motivated leaks timed to impact on the November election.

By allowing the kangaroo Congressional Select Committee to investigate and issue reports strategically timed for the 2022 elections, Garland essentially assured that the skullduggery of the politically biased lynch mob Committee will have been released in time to affect the campaigns.  And remember, that the Committee is a political creature — and will issue a political report.  It only plays in the court-of-public-opinion.  It has no legal authority. 

There is no doubt that Garland’s DOJ is doing some investigating – and would be more than eager to find reasons to indict some of the individuals around Trump.  Such indictments could come before the November election but could not be adjudicated until after.  

Letting the political process go first is a great partisan play.  Hit Republican leaders with ugly sounding accusations during the campaign and then let the chips fall where they may afterward.  Acquittals would not matter because the intended damage to the GOP will have been done.

There is a tradition that the DOJ does NOT announce political indictments – or even give out information about the cases – during the election season.  One can expect that getting out speculative negative information against the GOP would be in the form of leaks.  In fact, such information does not even have to be true – as we saw with Congressman Adam Schiff’s grotesque lie about having seen proof of the Trump campaign’s conspiring with Russian meddling in the 2020 election.

It is also at least possible that Garland will not honor the tradition and will issue strategically timed indictments – or announce the launching of investigations against specific people – during the campaigns.   Garland may exclude announcing indictments against candidates, arguing that the policy of avoiding the campaign season only applies to the investigation of candidates.  That would still enable Democrats to proffer speculative accusations against others through their wholly-owned media pundits.  

There is no doubt that Garland has more than one opportunity to get his revenge on the GOP for denying him what would have been the capstone of his judicial career – with a lifelong hold on the position.  Being Attorney General is impressive, but no comparison.  He could be relegated to the obscurity of total retirement in less than three years.  I do not blame the guy if he is bitter.  The weeks ahead will tell us just how bitter Garland may be.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry HoristLarry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

13 Comments

  1. Stan

    Garland is a damned political hack with only one objective. And that’s to make America into a commie country.

    • ben

      I strongly doubt Garland has anything to do with communism. Stan seems deluded or has not a clue as to what a communist is. Branding Democrats as Communists is about as dumb as it gets. We may support certain programs that are socialistic but crikey —Ben Franklin’s freakin library system is a socialist program. You lamebrains label us Communists but enjoy socialist programs like unemployment insurance, social security, medicare, and the like. Two-faced hypocrites or complete idiots — I’ll be the judge and pick both :>)

      But communists? Prove it or stfu. Enough.

      • Wylie

        Just like you branding republicans as racist. Prove it or stfu

        • Ben

          I call racists racist.

          I have always said the Republican Party is not racist but that most racist vote Republican.

          You were wrong and what you said.

        • Ben

          Sure: “In a poll in June, 2020, fifty-two per cent of Americans said that they considered Trump a racist.” Trump is the leader of the Republican Party. Before 2020, Turnip issued an executive order banning federal diversity initiatives, a racist act in itself since diversity has not be achieved yet. AP and NORC did a nation poll in December of 2021 finding almost 50% of all Republicans agree with The overtly racist Replacement Theory conspiracy stating that they are deliberately being replaced by minorities. They further feel democratic elections are bad because they discriminate against Whites. https://apnorc.org/

          Republicans feel more strongly than Democrats that Blacks are unintelligent, lazy, and lack the motivation to escape poverty. They have more issues with intermarriage and state that they would not live in a 50/50 neighborhood. Overwhelmingly, they feel too much money is spent on Blacks. https://www.norc.org/Research/Projects/Pages/general-social-survey.aspx

          “Over the past decade, the Anti-Defamation League has counted about 450 U.S. murders committed by political extremists. Of these 450 killings, right-wing extremists committed about 75 percent. Islamic extremists were responsible for about 20 percent, and left-wing extremists were responsible for 4 percent.” Many of these are racist hate crimes. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/17/briefing/right-wing-mass-shootings.html

          Like I say: all Republicans are not racist but most racists vote Republican, especially Trumplicants. Your best bet is to take Larry’s spin talking about the history of racism in America painting the Democrats as historical racists while doubling-down on your opinion that America is no longer racist to begin with.

          But when it comes to overt racism, hate crimes, extremist violent crimes it appears that more of these evil stupid people are Republicans.

          Your turn: why are Democrats commies, or stfu…..

          • Harold blankenship

            Why did 52% say that Trump is racist? Not that I believe that shit. The brain dead assholes in the democrat party are lying commie bastards. It’s your democrats who teach blacks that they are too damned stupid to get voter ID. I still wish you dick heads would explain that. I’m a proud Republican and if that’s racist I will wear that label with pride. And you shitbags can kiss my white ass

          • Ben

            Harold Blakenshit asks: “Why did 52% say that Trump is racist?” Well Harry, they figured a little truth was far better than The Big Lie.

            It this was baseball, Harry just threw the slow ball. To which he adds: “Not that I believe that shit.” Really Harry? So what shit do you believe? How much shit do you believe? Cuz I hear you are full of shit. At least that what they say. Not me though. Even though you say I am: “The brain dead assholes in the democrat party are lying commie bastards.” and I am not any of those things. Nor do I believe your complete fabrication that: “It’s your democrats who teach blacks that they are too damned stupid to get voter ID.” No Harry, you are wrong. And I take it back, you ARE full of shit and incapable of holding a decent discussion. You get very emotional. You need to unknot those knickers. Also, maybe try some better language or you will continue to come off as a foul-mouthed pencil-necked dickwad squibodian twiffwa dark maga moron who is full of shit.

  2. Ac

    Larry, in answering the question posed by you a quick and honest one is NO. Garland is not seeking revenge on the GOP. That is not what he and his DOJ are all about. Which a reassuring change from Bill Barr’s DOJ and partisanship on full display during his watch. Certainly during Barr’s tenure justice’s objective eyes and ears were as one blind and deaf and muted.
    Rhetoric Republicans are publicly spouting promises revenge on a scale of undemocratic proportions, should it gain majority in November.
    Projecting your Republican style handling of issues that in your mind deserve revenge is not the correct and just evaluation process. Trump possesses a mental blockage caused by seeing through the mirror lens of projection. He attributes to others some failing Trump himself is guilty guilty of committing.
    Projection is known scheme employed as a diversion of attention away from one’s own mischief found out. As well, projection practiced by Republicans is an attempt at scapegoating, blowing smoke, obstruction, and spreading disinformation. This is a short list describing finger pointing at others while actively inventing subversive attacks and attempts at undermining/ blowing up President Biden and his administration.
    It’s all done by the present minority for self ambition short sighted and alway bad form. And, unfortunately, this bad form, misinformed, non critical processing, including dissolution from reality behavior is widely representative in voting districts across the nation. Individuals interviewed on programs televised, played on media, or seen in comment replies give evidence of these facts. Representatives in government should be out teaching truth to constituents for the debunking of misinformation. Yet, it’s not possible to undo wrong information when party operatives see value in conspiracy theories, lies, and misinformation.
    A fool is twice convinced of a wrong belief. First, all their beliefs are correct and true. Second, therefore, every thought and spoken/written word is right and correct. To that person these opinions derived of some personal perspective are unassailable. This in one’s own mind are like laws of the ancient Medes and Persians. It could not be altered.
    This lacks any comprehension of democratic style government operating in a pluralistic secular society. Which is defined in the US Constitution. All persons are equal under law.
    Larry, justice is in place when objective truth being absolute is understood as that and the law is clear on a matter.
    When your Republican bias sceptic’s proclivity is allowed free reign all matters of concern are judged in accordance with your certainty in a particular perspective’s opinion set. Which is common for persons possessed of strong opinions. It’s problematic in a person if issues being variable have immutable personal judgements attached. Then, any antecedents supporting that judgement share intractability. Issues’ variability and transient nature begs the question; is this the hill you wish to die on?” How many “hills” like that are left in you. In the two years I have followed your commentary, some of your own history in government trenches, issues with The Church, and ambitions sometimes unfulfilled. Evidence can be brought relative to “hills died on” through life participating in circles in politics associated with decision making power and authority. Your war against all things you believe Democrats always have and will always ruin can not be won, decisively. Fights won, possibly a few wins.
    The rationale you have as evidence of your thesis question’s reality boils down to mere words on a screen, not proof that revenge is afoot in the DOJ.
    The GOP had much more troubles of concern the DOJ has yet to weigh in on before November.
    *Midterm general elections historically rate low in voter turnout. Possibly, this one may prove the exception. Still, Republicans area divided party, Trump’s Base and Trump named RINO’s”. Without independent swing voters joining the Red’s. They are a minority split and without a discernible policy platform uniting the party. Although, plainly the party has signaled popular issues it is against along with national decisions its representatives and senators voted against.
    Question, again what kind of governance will get conducted with a marginal Republican majority government. Answer, full throated revenge undoing Democrat sponsored bills, stacking committee assignments, general wheel spinning directionless waste in Congress time allotted.
    GOP has not distinguished itself as a party actively developing leadership in the ranks.

    • Kevin

      The republicans are blowing smoke and spreading disinformation? Wow!!! When did Hillary become a Republican?

  3. Blue lives no longer matter?

    If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to worry about, isn’t that what y’all always say?
    Besides, Garland is an impotent fuck, there’s no issues here.

    On a serious note, I thought you were all about supporting law enforcement? He spent his life dedicated to the criminal Justice system… y’all don’t like them any more?

    • Joe Gilbertson

      No, we don’t ever say that, especially with democrats in charge of law enforcement.

      I don’t know about Garland’s past, I only know what he is doing now. Garland is a political hack.

      • Bad cop, no donut

        Joey,
        CONservatives always say that. Back the Blue… unless they are investigating white people?

    • Denny

      Ok. Let’s put him to the test. The scotus justices need protection and the people threatening them should be locked up. Garland is only interested in looking out for the wishes of democrats