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Saturday, October 29, 2005

The politicization of crime

In the brief blurb accompanying his post about the Libby indictments, Charles Johnson uses the phrase, "the criminalization of politics." This is pretty much what you'd expect from a partisan GOP hack -- which as Charles' defenders always insist he isn't.

The phrase "criminalization of politics" can be traced at least as far back as 1990, when the rabidly right-wing editorial page of the Wall Street Journal deployed it against Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra scandal. It also popped up during the Clinton era, as in this Molly Ivins column from October 2000.

But now that the Prada loafer is firmly back on the other foot, it's the right-wing élite that's screaming bloody murder again. In April, the quondam House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who was facing serious ethics charges, wrote a whining letter to his supporters which included the following:

Democrats have made clear that their only agenda is the politics of personal destruction and the criminalization of politics.

Now the phrase is routinely use by apologists for the White House, such as Bill Kristol and Bob Novak (!).

Along with Charles Johnson.

Because LGF is a Republican blog.

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