A Tale Of Two Scandals

posted at 7:47 pm on April 28, 2007 by see-dubya

Randall Tobias. Escort Service. Ouch.

I don’t blame the Left for going ga-ga over this one at all. Especially since he was the “AIDS relief czar”; calling up escort services for “just massages” (didn’t we hear that from Ted Haggard?) doesn’t square too well with the AIDS prevention message. Randy Randy screwed up badly, and he needed to go. And he did.

Don’t let them tell you the Wolfowitz matter is the same thing. Monday, Paul Wolfowitz goes into a meeting of the supervisors of the World Bank to see whether he keeps his job as the World Bank’s president.

When Wolfowitz was appointed to the World Bank, his girlfriend was already working there and the WB management said she’d have to go. The details of how and why this became a scandal are laid out here and here–the long and short of it being that a lot of countries (particularly China) don’t like him or his rigorous insistence on accountability and anti-corruption members in the countries that the world bank lends your tax dollars their money to.

The World Bank hates him like the UN hated Bolton. (And the nutroots hate him worse.) And they’ve dredged up this old non-scandal to bring him down.

What’s more interesting about this is where he’s getting his support:

The more telling story is the support for the bank president from reform-minded Africans. At a press conference during this month’s World Bank-IMF meetings in Washington, four of the more progressive African finance ministers were asked about the Wolfowitz flap.

You can read their assessments of Wolfowitz at that excellent Opinion Journal link. I know you’re like, “it’s the weekend, and that’s about the World Bank…” but dude, it’s good stuff.

In the meantime, let’s hope the Bush administration remembers its vaunted loyalty and goes to bat for Wolfie before China and the Euros shamefully run him out of office. Unlike Randy Randy, this one’s worth fighting for.

(Sorry for all the links to JYB; I just know this story is like eating your vegetables and there aren’t too many other bloggers following it. Oh, and the frontpage thumbnail is adapted from TSG.

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Randy Randy,
That’s a good one.

Tru2my2 on April 28, 2007 at 7:57 PM

Reminds of a bar in Santa Cruz looong ago called The Randy Tar, although I’m not sure why.

Tru2my2 on April 28, 2007 at 7:59 PM

Talk about Scandal, what happened to the “Quote of the Day”?

PinkyBigglesworth on April 28, 2007 at 8:05 PM

It would serve him right if he caught an STD.

Good riddance.

georgej on April 28, 2007 at 8:17 PM

Talk about Scandal, what happened to the “Quote of the Day”?

PinkyBigglesworth on April 28, 2007 at 8:05 PM

Hot Air must be hiding something other then a screw-up.

I demand a full investigation why a duplicate post was removed.

F15Mech on April 28, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Wolfowitz is a good man. As a deputy in Bush 41’s Defense Dept. he was one of the architects of the liberation of Kuwait. He is a great thinker and is like a pit bull when given a problem to “chew” on. If I were a betting man, I’d wager he’s staying.

Zorro on April 28, 2007 at 9:23 PM

I smell a vast right-wing conspiracy.

What’s that magnificent bastard Rove up to now?

hillbillyjim on April 28, 2007 at 9:25 PM

See-dub, are you in the tank for Rove? C’mon, what’s the deal with the “disappearing post conspiracy?”

hillbillyjim on April 28, 2007 at 9:27 PM

Intellectual honesty in action. At least we have standards on the right, as well as consistency. Thanks, See-Dubya for posting this.

itzWicks on April 28, 2007 at 10:47 PM

That 80’s pic of that “woman” that’s in the original post up there, it makes me nauseous. She looks like some kind of psycho bitch.

Coronagold on April 28, 2007 at 10:55 PM

Well. I left a message, and obviously it was deleted intentionally or unintentionally, but who gives a flying farkle.

Coronagold on April 28, 2007 at 10:57 PM

You said, “screwed up badly” when calling about an escort.

Aaaaanyway. Maybe is just needed a date to the correspondence dinner. I mean there are legitimate escort services out there . . . . ah, who am I kidding :)

– The Cat

MirCat on April 28, 2007 at 11:37 PM

This Wolfowitz “scandal” has gone further already than it should have. I hope he gets to stick around, but I’m not holding my breath that the Administration will do much in his defense given their record of…well, not defending people.

CP on April 29, 2007 at 12:20 AM

A Tale Of Two Scandals

More like a scandal of two (or thousands, at least hundreds of) tails…

Entelechy on April 29, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Also, Randall Tobias was my CEO for many years.

In 1993, when he took over as CEO of Eli Lilly, all pharmaceutical stocks were in the toilet, due to Hillary Clinton’s illustrious “healthcare” flop.

When he retired in Jan. 1999, the stock had increased 9 times in value.

Unfortunately, he’s in the conservative party and therefore it can’t ever be about sex. Not that the conservatives don’t deserve being exposed on their hypocrisy.

Entelechy on April 29, 2007 at 1:13 AM

What does it really mean?

The “DC Madame” has 62 pounds of phone records.

And they found one Republican in there.


The Machine on April 29, 2007 at 1:29 AM

I’m sure there are plenty of Republicans AND Democrats in there. The question is whether the MSM will search as zealously for Dems as they will for Republicans. My guess is no, considering how little press coverage “cold Cash” Jefferson has gotten compared to the Mark Foley media orgasm.

Shivv on April 29, 2007 at 1:46 AM

“I’m sure there are plenty of Republicans AND Democrats in there.”

Shivv on April 29, 2007 at 1:46 AM

I’m not so sure about that.

If there were “plenty” of R’s on the list, the MSM would have already published the shortlist on page one.

I think they have so far found one R worth mentioning — and its a “culture of conniption” once again.

We shall see,


The Machine on April 29, 2007 at 10:40 AM

We touched on this with the dancin’ malaria thread. Bush has done a lot for Africa, and what the WSJ is saying about Africans standing up for Wolfowitz reflects the reality that Africans are getting a fairer deal with Americans, and specifically Republicans. Africans were razzle-dazzled for years by the pro-Left Democrat spin, which reflects the Left-European politics, but they have been learning, the hard way that it’s nearly all talk. The action, whatever it is, always benefits the European Left over African needs and realities. The USA is constantly slandered with the accusation of neo-colonialism, but it’s been the Europeans who have been actively running a neo-colonialist relationship with their former African colonies, especially France. That’s why the Ivory Coast rioters were so angry at the sell out by France who was mediating the north-south split with its own vested interests at heart. They were tossing Molotov coctails at the French Embassy, while two blocks away, were dancing and waving at the American Embassy, with signs that read, “We love you America. Save us from the French.”
The Republicans have reached out to promote democracy in Africa, they are practical, no nonsense and deliver.

naliaka on April 29, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Here’s my take on this lady and her customers: Publish the list. Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc. doesn’t matter-if some idiot was paying for sex while one of our civil servants (remember, they serve US, we don’t work for them,)publish the list and let their names be dragged through the mud they were dirtying themselves in.
And if it turns out that there are more Republicans than Democrats on the list, so be it.

Doug on April 30, 2007 at 2:42 PM