McDonnells Guilty!

Former VA Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty of corruption stemming from more than $170,000 in gifts and loans they got from snake oil salesman Jonnie Williams of Star Scientific.

He was found guilty on 11 counts, she on 9.  Sentencing is set for January 6, 2015.  They plan to appeal their convictions.

I guess the jury didn’t buy their BS claim that they couldn’t have conspired because their marriage was dead and they were barely speaking, a defense stolen from an old episode of L. A. Law. 

Recall that McDonnell rejected a plea bargain where he would have pled guilty to a single felony count and she would not have been charged with anything.

As You’d Expect, New Hampshire Tightens

Republican Scott Brown is gaining on incumbent Dem Jeanne Shaheen in their New Hampshire Senate race.  The Empty Barn Jacket leads 46-44.  Last month’s 12-point Shaheen lead seemed a little too good to be true.

But Brown’s still underwater in his favorables/unfavorables at 36-38, while Shaheen’s are positive at 48-36.  And 60% of those polled said their votes weren’t solid.

 

If They Gave Oscars to Defendants on the Stand

“His expression was grim, his voice cracked at just the right times, and he appeared in genuine pain — all while describing his wife.

As Bob McDonnell testified in his public corruption trial Thursday, it was easy to see why he was once regarded as one of the most talented Republican politicians in the country. He didn’t simply throw his wife, Maureen, under a bus to keep himself out of prison. He laid her down gently on the road, with a pillow and blanket.”

Congratulations?

Joe Biden called the new Iraqi prime minister designate Haider al-Abadi to congratulate him.  Really?  It feels more as if condolences would be in order.  Who the hell would want to be prime minister of Iraq?  Really, people, there are easier ways to fill your Swiss bank account.

Meanwhile Maliki is pulling a Dream Girls-style “and I’m telling you that I’m not going…”