Liberals Learn to Love Wiretapping


Twenty-four years after Nixon’s resignation, Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott presented a recording of House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s cell phone conversation. The same media which had busily pretended that Watergate was the worst political scandal in American history cheered this bout of wiretapping because it was carried out by Democrats.

It then took another 10 years for McDermott to settle the case. And unlike Nixon, McDermott did not resign.

The last few years have seen an upsurge in Democratic wiretapping and similar illegal tactics. Sarah Palin’s email was hacked by the son of a Democratic Tennessee politician. The media widely made use of the contents of the email, just as the New York Times ran excerpts of the Gingrich phone intercept.

Obama apparently attributed his victory to a recording of Mitt Romney at a campaign event, though that’s just because it fits his class warfare narrative. And now we have the media broadcasting a recording from Mitch McConnell.

Senator McConnell has explicitly invoked Watergate and called for an investigation. But as usual there are double standards here. A private conversation between Obama and his staffers would never have been made use of by the media. If the media had been forced to report on it, it would have preceded all such reporting by condemning the recording and invoking Watergate.

But the rules are different for the other side. Elephants are fair game. Donkeys aren’t. Any tactic can be used to kill an elephant, but any move against a donkey is probably sexist, racist, homophobic, imperialistic and all the rest of the neat little gold shields that the media keeps in its desk drawer.

But if we’re going to have a political culture of wiretapping then it won’t stop with liberals recording conservatives. Sooner or later it’s going to go both ways.

  • Toni_Pereira

    "Wiretapping:Good for me,not for thy"

    • Toni_Pereira

      "…not for thee".Sorry Mr.Shakespeare!

    • Anon

      I think you meant "thee"

      • Toni_Pereira

        I know,sorry.(liberals won't know the difference)

        • JacksonPearson

          "I know,sorry.(liberals won't know the difference).
          Libs get confused with big words

          • david horowitz

            Such big words. Feel better??

  • david horowitz

    Sounds like Watergate/ACORN all over again. Boo Hoo.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      David, it is certainly the case that liberal, leftist hypocrisy knows no bounds. Their mendacity is so out-sized it defines real categorization. In the main, let us chalk it up to leftist dogma, and it is the same world over. There is simply no escaping it, but that doesn't mean that their feet shouldn't be held to the fire – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma

      Headache inducing…
      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Edward Cline

    Yes, they're all raving anti-Denetites! Or raving anti-donkeys. I'd like to know when the Democrats are going to adopt the mascot that suits them best: a snake.

    • Toni_Pereira

      No, a jackass.

  • JacksonPearson

    "Senator McConnell has explicitly invoked Watergate and called for an investigation."
    Lots of luck with getting anything investigated with this administration, and especially with A.G. Holder. Why?…Because IMO, the USDOJ is a criminal enterprise.

  • Mary Sue

    It's like Dr. Strangelove, or "How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" (or in this case, the wiretap).

  • Brujo Blanco

    Nothing the Obama crowd does not do surprises me at all. No substantial enforcement immigration violations. Refusal to enforce voter intimidation because the perps were black. Now we have wire tapping. The Republicans need to get aggressive and really push hard. If the violators.get a pass on this it will escalate.

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't think this is such a good idea.