Friday, September 5, 2008 at 5:37 AM
I support this prosecution of Kwame Kilpatrick for the same reason I supported the prosecution of Bill Clinton, and it has nothing to do with them cheating on their enabling wives. Rather, it’s because these two pusillanimous dickheads not only lied under oath about their extramarital affairs but also used government resources to conduct and conceal them.
Meanwhile, Kilpatrick is in for a rude awakening if he thinks a jury will vindicate his sex, lies, and text messages. Because nothing demonstrates terminal disaffection and disillusionment with his “hip-hop” leadership quite like the fact that his erstwhile supporters are already mounting a recall petition to vote him out of office.
[The indictment of Detroit's "hip-hop" mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, The iPINIONS Journal, March 25, 2008]
That was my take on the sensational 12-count indictment (for perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office) that prosecutor Kym Worthy filed against Kilpatrick last March.
Therefore, it came as no surprise to me yesterday when he copped a plea instead of resting his fate in the hands of a jury. Of course, the timing of his plea probably had everything to do with the fact that Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm began historic proceedings on Wednesday to remove Kilpatrick from office.
I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit … I did so with the intent to mislead the court and jury, to impede and obstruct the disposition of justice.
[From the plea allocution of Kwame Kilpatrick]
Under the plea bargain, Kilpatrick agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice, serve four months in jail, pay $1 million in restitution, and serve five years’ probation. He also agreed to forego his pension.
Thus ends the career of this politician who had the kind of potential that Barack Obama is realizing right now. But Kilpatrick always struck me as more of a wannabe gangsta rapper than a trend-setting politician. Therefore, it seems fitting that he will now have some jail time to enhance his street cred….
Good riddance Kwame!
Oh right, McCain accepted the Republican nomination for president
Last night, John McCain gave his acceptance speech for the Republican nomination to become the next president of the United States. But, after the stellar performance his VP running mate, Sarah Palin, gave on Wednesday, his was, perhaps unavoidably, anticlimactic…and boring.
More to the point, I suspect McCain will find himself throughout the remainder of this campaign, and during his presidency (if pigs fly), playing second fiddle to Palin the way Prince Charles was forced to do with Princess Diana.
I just hope McCain has more self-confidence to deal with being upstaged by his protege than Prince Charles evidently did.