‘MURDERGATE!!!’ is Back in the News! Blogger Behind It Gets Grumpy!


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Mike Vanderboegh, "Fast and Furious" blogger

"IT'S A CONSPIRACY! AND DARRELL ISSA IS PART OF IT! BLAAAARGH!"

This … is … precious.

Fast and Furious, the Obama-Holder “scandal” that was going to deliver the Presidential race to Republicans this year (stoked to no small degree by our own former-and-sadly-lamented blogger Geoff Willis, who dubbed it “Murdergate”), is back in the news, Jack! And … it’s sad.

Check out this article from Talking Points Memo about the reaction that the blogger who broke the story is having about Republican treatment of the “scandal”.  (Picking only 3-4 paragraphs to reproduce here is excruciating.  It’s all so good! Go click that link now!)

[F]ormer militia man turned gun rights blogger [Mike Vanderboegh] is angry because he thinks the Republican “sons-a-bitches” on the House Oversight Committee put on the “ultimate display of public limp dickery” during a Thursday hearing in which Attorney General Eric Holder testified about ATF’s botched Operation Fast and Furious.

“You know what the Republicans just did? They sold out every mother’s son who put their life and career on the line to try to bring this truth out,” Vanderboegh told TPM. “Another display like this and people will forget the whole thing.”

“I submit to you that it is entirely possible that the fix is in,” Vanderboegh told TPM. “It could be as simple as a picture of something like John Boehner with a sheep, you know. Because they’ve done that before. The FBI blackmails people routinely. They always have.”

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) did ease up a bit on the his previous rhetoric about Holder’s roll in Fast and Furious, saying he “never accused [Holder] of having personal knowledge” of the “gunwalking” tactics used during the operation, instead focusing his energies on why the DOJ wouldn’t turn over certain categories of documents the Justice Department maintains were privileged.

Oh, Darrell Issa — for shame!  Your district is moving partially into Orange County now!  You think that people are going to put up with that sort of weak tea party?  Watch out, sir, or you may face a challenge from the Right!

I continue to take the view towards “Murdergate” that I did when Geoff Willis was burning up the cable wires with his posts on it here: please, please, please let this be the basket in which the Republicans put all of their eggs this year.  Please let them be the Susan G. Komen Foundation to our Planned Parenthood, if you know what I mean.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)