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What Election?

by J. Orlin Grabbe

Absolutely nothing changed on Tuesday, Nov. 5, except that the media quit harping about Clinton's "15 to 20 percent lead" in the polls. (Clinton in fact received 49 percent to Dole's 41).

Senate Majority Whip Don Nickels of Oklahoma interviewed on CNBC says he expects either Bill or Hillary Clinton, or both, to receive indictments in "three or four months".

Dan Burton of Indiana, who will be replacing William Clinger as chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, says the probe of the Clinton administration will not only continue, but will also expand: "Mr. Burton said he will expand the probe of the White House's improper acquisition of more than 900 FBI files of presidential appointees in the Reagan and Bush administrations to determine whether federal tax returns also were improperly obtained by White House officials from the IRS.

" 'I want the Internal Revenue Service commissioner to appear to testify. It's my intention to find out if any tax records were given to the White House without authority' from individual taxpayers" (George Archibald, "Probes will go on, says Burton," The Washington Times, Nov. 7, 1996).

Perhaps Mr. Burton can also ask about those IRS agents indicted for dealing crack in Covington, KY.

And it was Dan Burton who on the House floor denounced the Fiske report on the death of Vince Foster. (Robert Fiske is now defending Citibank against charges it laundered money for Mexico's Raul Salinas.) Clinton is still haunted by the ghost of the dead Vince Foster and the flesh of the living Dick Morris.

Clinton, having conducted the most negative campaign in history, suddenly wants to make nicey nice. The message from the voters, he says, is they want the White House and Congress to work together. Really? Which voters are those? Voters were in fact gunning for the entertainment value of watching Congress decimate the White House. That's why White House rats are resigning left and right.

Anyway, I've given up on any notion of collective voter rationality. The bloated figure of Bill Clinton teeters over the huddled shapes of his worshipers much in the way pumped-up stock prices hover above their mutual fund bellows. Sure, the market could rush rapidly toward 10,000 and Bill Clinton could effect a Constitutional change allowing him to be again re-elected in the year 2000. But belly flops into the supporting swamps are more likely.

The financial tracks of the Lippo Group's purchase of U.S. policy toward Indonesia haven't disappeared. Nor Iraq's purchase of Clinton's Hussein policy. Nor Clinton's close associations with drug dealers and money launderers. Nor Clinton's "five plus" lines-a-day cocaine habit. Nor Hillary's receipt of bribes in New York and Arkansas. Nor Hillary's murder plots. No, the Clinton's have only effected a small delay.

Like with Paula Jones. Jones, who says she can identify some "distinguishing characteristics in [Bill Clinton's] genital area", will soon get her day in court. True, the president and his lawyers have "exploited every delaying tactic at their command including the pending Supreme Court appeal, to avoid confronting the evidence," and thus put off "until the last election [Clinton] will ever face--all inquiry into whether he behaved with extraordinary depravity" (Stuart Taylor, Jr., "Her Case Against Clinton," The American Lawyer, Nov. 1996).

They used to say that justice delayed is justice denied. So it is in politics. Take the case of Clinton's nemesis, Chuck Hayes. Hayes is still being held without bail in the Laurel County jail in London, Kentucky. Judge J. B. Johnson, an Appellate Judge for the Sixth Circuit, said in court on Friday, Oct. 25, 1996, that he would issue a ruling on bail either that day or early the following week. But Judge Johnson has done nothing since then, nor has he explained why he--a circuit judge-- is presiding over a district matter. A pre-trail hearing is scheduled for November 22--exactly 30 days after Hayes' arrest by the FBI on October 22.

It was at that same hearing that U.S. Attorney Joseph Famularo claimed that Chuck Hayes wrote articles under the "pen name" of J. Orlin Grabbe. Joseph Famularo is guilty of an ethics violation. But it stands to reason that a lying U.S. Attorney would be working hand- in-glove with a lying FBI. Chalk up another temporary victory for Bill Clinton.

Yes, Bill Clinton may have adroitly postponed his day of reckoning. But that day is coming, nevertheless. Unless, of course, Hillary can arrange to kill Kenneth Starr first.

November 8, 1996
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