Blockbuster: Obama administration pressured Solyndra to delay layoffs for political gain

posted at 12:10 pm on November 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post broke this story earlier this morning.  Does anyone want to argue that Solyndra isn’t a scandal now?

The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show. …

Solyndra’s chief executive warned the Energy Department on Oct. 25, 2010, that he intended to announce worker layoffs Oct. 28. He said he was spurred by numerous calls from reporters and potential investors about rumors the firm was in financial trouble and was planning to lay off workers and close one of its two plants.

But in an Oct. 30, 2010, e-mail, advisers to Solyndra’s primary investor, Argonaut Equity, explain that the Energy Department had strongly urged the company to put off the layoff announcement until Nov. 3. The midterm elections were held Nov. 2, and led to Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“DOE continues to be cooperative and have indicated that they will fund the November draw on our loan (app. $40 million) but have not committed to December yet,” a Solyndra investor adviser wrote Oct. 30. “They did push very hard for us to hold our announcement of the consolidation to employees and vendors to Nov. 3rd – oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.”

Yeah — that’s odd, isn’t it?  The DoE requested that a privately-held corporation withhold important financial information from investors until the day after a national election.  But that’s just a coincidence … right?  Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

This means that the DoE knew that Solyndra had begun to fail, and that the cash they provided as part of Barack Obama’s job stimulus wouldn’t actually create jobs.  In fact, it wasn’t even going to save jobs.  And yet the DoE not only succeeded in pressuring Solyndra into hiding that fact from the public and their investors, this sequence makes it look as though the Obama administration used the $40 million in loans as a bribe to keep Solyndra from making its layoff announcement in a timely manner.  [See update.]

Guess where this thread leads?  Right to the White House:

On Oct. 25, 2010, Solyndra chief executive Brian Harrison e-mailed the energy department’s loan staff to explain that Solyndra “has received some press inquiries about rumors of problems (one of them with quite accurate information) and we have received in bound calls from potential investors. Both of these data points indicate the story is starting to leak outside Solyndra.”

Harrison went on to state that he would “like to go forward with the internal communication [to employees regarding layoffs] on Thursday, October 28.”

Harrison’s e-mail was forwarded to program director, Jonathan Silver, who then alerted White House climate change czar Carol Browner and Vice President Biden’s point person on stimulus, Ron Klain. Browner asked for more information about the announcement, and Chu’s chief of staff explained he had left a voicemail message on her cellphone.

So who ordered Solyndra to keep quiet?  Was it the “climate-change czar”? Was it the Vice President?  Or did it go higher than that?  It’s time to start getting all of these people under oath in Congress and start preparing a criminal investigation.

Update: Solyndra is not a publicly-traded company, which means that there would be no legal requirement for the company to disclose the layoffs in terms of selling stock.  However, Solyndra and the DoE were actively seeking investors at this time to keep the company from failing, as earlier documents have disclosed.  In the end, they got George Kaiser and his investment group to put another $75 million into Solyndra by illegally subordinating taxpayers in the event of collapse.

Update II: I forgot to delete “publicly-traded” from the post in the first update; it’s fixed now.

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visions on November 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM

The first scandal-free Administration, right?

Washington Nearsider on November 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

The talking heads still remain quiet

Disgraceful

cmsinaz on November 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Isn’t defrauding investors sorta’ like….a Crime?

I’m shocked.

Mord on November 15, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Can’t wait for Dear Liar to be led away in handcuffs. There’s no way he didn’t know/direct this.

rbj on November 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Book’em, Danno!

cartooner on November 15, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Man that strategy worked out well in the midterms, too!

lorien1973 on November 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Geez guys Obama said it was a “good bet.” Drop it already. /

Fezzik on November 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Time to issue the subpoenas, hold hearings NOW and let the chips fall where they may…

Just in time for the 2012 election season… Kind of like the Penn State cover up…

PASS THE PUDDING!!

Khun Joe on November 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

The talking heads still remain quiet

Disgraceful

cmsinaz on November 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Hey now, they are talking about Cains gaffes/harassment charges, Perrys oops moment, how awesome and victorious OWS is/was, and Newt being turned into a Newt. That’s like a lot, cut them some slack! They will get to the president when there is time but there wont be time. I mean these people aren’t wizards or something. \\\

It is really sad, just when I think the press can go no lower they somehow manage to find a way…

Gatsu on November 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Thoughtful WaPo comment:

The Republic Party seethes with anger over this particular case of government loan guarantees, because they hate solar energy. One Republic Party congressman said the US should let China have the solar industry too. Our “free trade” agreement with China gives them the advantage anyway, right? Another Republic Party kook, Romney, said we should let our car industry die too. And should we have just let the banks die in 2008?

So Republic Party, how about slashing those subsidies to your pet industries, such as banks, oil, drugs, health insurance, agribusiness, military contractors and the like? Put our money where you mouth is: Cut all subsidies and government aid for private businesses of all kinds.

Del Dolemonte on November 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Is this as well Ed today

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/11/15/hill-investigators-review-energy-secretary-emails-on-solyndra-loan/

Investigators for the House Energy and Commerce committee were reviewing the Chu e-mails “in camera,” which means the committee staffers were permitted to read the documents only in the presence of Chu’s aides, and without the ability to make or keep copies of them.

The session followed a similar “in camera” exercise on Monday, when committee investigators reviewed a much smaller trove of documents — said to be in the range of a few dozen — that were produced by the White House. The committee and the Obama administration have clashed over the scope of the congressional investigation, and the administration’s compliance with lawmakers’ increasing demands for documents.

William Amos on November 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

This means that the DoE knew that Solyndra had begun to fail, and that the cash they provided as part of Barack Obama’s job stimulus wouldn’t actually create jobs. In fact, it wasn’t even going to save jobs.

So, all it did was to extend a a couple of jobs for a few months until the election passed. And the Democrats still lost, the people lost their jobs, and the company went bankrupt.

And how many billions did this cost us?

UltimateBob on November 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

To be a Chicago scandal there have to be some weighted-down bodies in a river somewhere, so, still not a scandal.

RBMN on November 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

the Obama administration used the $40 million in loans as a bribe

I didn’t know you spelled THEFT like BRIBE.Am I using the right dictionary?

docflash on November 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM

No worry.
The Solyndra employees can go to work on the new pipeline.
….Oh wait…

Electrongod on November 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

It’s time to start getting all of these people under oath in Congress and start preparing a criminal investigation.

From your keyboard to God`s ears Ed.

NY Conservative on November 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Administration officials do not read e-mails, listen to messages, pay attention to briefings or listen when anyone talks about anything, so there’s no scandal here.

2008 – “Hope and Change”
2012 – “I Didn’t See Nothin!”

forest on November 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Draining the swamp

SouthernGent on November 15, 2011 at 12:26 PM

the dems in the white house are laughing their a$$es off at the rubes that the dem US Citizens are.. those dem drones sure are stupid..but as it is said.. he who laughs last laughs best…and the conservatives are really ready for one helluva good laugh in 2012..

hogtrashhd on November 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM

How sad that the politicians have nothing but contempt for the American taxpayer. It’s our money being flushed down the toilet.

bopbottle on November 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Is anyone surprised. Chicago on the Potomac.

rjoco1 on November 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

If this was a Republican administration,there would be at least a dozen reporters looking for a deep throat that would topple this admin. But since the Pravda Press is part of the admin,,never happen. The founding fathers knew that the press would be the backstop for this kind of corruption,,they never thought it would be part of the problem.

retiredeagle on November 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM

It is simply amaizing the people on the right

(1) ASSUME the Left is going to play by the rules,
and
(2) that voters are going to PUNISH them for breaking the law(s).

Sir Napsalot on November 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Does anyone want to argue that Solyndra isn’t a scandal now?

Democrats

NoFanofLibs on November 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

So the DOE and the WH committed Securities fraud, for witholding the information from investors is… well against federal law.

Yet, these bumbling fools are supporting the OWS gang… against corporate “greed and theft”

Wow.

Remember – Marth Stewart went to jail for acting on insider knowledge – for $130k or so… witholding information is the exact same manipulation of insider information – just in the different direction. And $480M later.

Odie1941 on November 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

When ever Obowma is dragged kicking and screaming from the White House…

… there is going to be one huge mess to clean up.

Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

They probably engaged in such dirty dealings assuming that the economy would get better soon and there would never be cause for an investigation, but since they were wrong about their gamble….

FloatingRock on November 15, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Rbmn, day ain’t over yet

cmsinaz on November 15, 2011 at 12:32 PM

This and the other “gifts” to Obama donors from our tax dollars?

I-M-P-E-A-C-H-M-E-N-T?

We can handle a Biden presidency for less than a year.

coldwarrior on November 15, 2011 at 12:34 PM

The first scandal-free Administration, right?

Washington Nearsider on November 15, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Yesterday on Lou Dobbs, Juan Williams said that this has been a “relatively scandal-free administration”. That’s come up a lot lately, as if it’s a talking point. Hmmmm

It got me to thinking about the last few administrations and thinking about scandals – I remember Iran-contra, Whitewater, and the Blue Dress. I would throw in Fast & Furious and Solyndra as beginning to be scandals. What I don’t remember is anything from W’s admin being scandalous. What am I not remembering?

mdenis39 on November 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

But Herman Cain harrassed a lady!

George W. Bush!???

Ok then. You must be racists!

shanimal on November 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The DoE requested that a publicly-traded corporation withhold important financial information from investors until the day after a national election. But that’s just a coincidence … right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

It might also have been be a good opportunity for a little insider trading.

FloatingRock on November 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Well that was dumb on their part. It is not like they didn’t get blown away in 2010 anyways. They should have taken the hit and put it behind them. That’s not just corrupt it is bad planning.

jeffn21 on November 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

SHOCKED I tell ya – just shocked!

gophergirl on November 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM

But in an Oct. 30, 2010, e-mail, advisers to Solyndra’s primary investor, Argonaut Equity, explain that the Energy Department had strongly urged the company to put off the layoff announcement until Nov. 3.

Is anyone else seeing the connection to Greek mythology in this scandal? Think of Obama as Icarus, Solyndra as the Sun of course, and now Argonaut Equity. I know, weird, but quite a comparison if you look at it. Michelle Malkin once described Obama as Icarus, a mythical Greek figure whose hubris and arrogance allowed him to fly close to the sun and was brought down by it. The similarity with this Solyndra scandal are stunning–the solar panel connection, I mean.

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

The Chicago Way… Why are we not surprised?

Drained Brain on November 15, 2011 at 12:42 PM

The White House will say that since they couldn’t hold off on the announcements due to leaks, their request doesn’t count. Probably those evil Republicans that put out the leaks.

Cindy Munford on November 15, 2011 at 12:42 PM

“Get me GM motors on the phone. They need to put more cupholders in the Chevy Volts. I also want more colors available on the 2012 Chevy Aveo.”

-President Obama

portlandon on November 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

“Get me GM motors on the phone. They need to put more cupholders in the Chevy Volts. I also want more colors available on the 2012 Chevy Aveo.”

-President Obama

portlandon on November 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

..and postpone those layoffs till mid-November 2012 dammit!
/Daddy Warbucks

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM

The DoE requested that a publicly-traded corporation withhold important financial information from investors until the day after a national election. But that’s just a coincidence … right? Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Solyndra was not a publicly held company.

BobMbx on November 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I’d gladly pay more taxes if it were gonna be used to build prisons/asylums for all these dirtbags. Now that would be billions well spent. Corruption all the way to the highest levels…. sad, and unacceptable.

maineconservative on November 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM

“Get me GM motors on the phone. They need to put more cupholders in the Chevy Volts. I also want more colors available on the 2012 Chevy Aveo.”

-President Obama

portlandon on November 15, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Your comment illustrates a point which can’t be repeated too often:

Government funding of BASIC RESEARCH has resulted in quite a few success stories. Example: DARPA, way back in the Eisenhower administration.

But when the government tries to pick winners & losers in the marketplace, the success stories turn into Solyndra or hydrogen cars. Influence & cronyism always become part of the decision-making process.

Owen Glendower on November 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM

What am I not remembering?

mdenis39 on November 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The left would tell you:

- Haliburton
- DoJ firings
- Plame
- Abu Ghraib
- Waterboarding

Washington Nearsider on November 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM

But in an Oct. 30, 2010, e-mail, advisers to Solyndra’s primary investor, Argonaut Equity, explain that the Energy Department had strongly urged the company to put off the layoff announcement until Nov. 3.

Is anyone else seeing the connection to Greek mythology in this scandal?

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Jason, the Argo has sprung a leak and is losing freeboard.

Barnestormer on November 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I want to see obama frog marched out of the WH

ConservativePartyNow on November 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

It’s time to start getting all of these people under oath in Congress and start preparing a criminal investigation.

Yea right. I see that happening. Maybe sometime after the next election.

scalleywag on November 15, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Does anyone else see the likelihood of a quid pro quo here?

Solyndra holds off on the layoff announcements, and the DOE commits to reconfiguring the loan to subordinate the US taxpayers’ interest.

If any evidence supporting this shows up, I would think the matter would then rise to criminal status, wouldn’t it?

LooseCannon on November 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I’m getting tired “Clinging to my gun and bible”! Won’t be long ‘fore they come for both.

inspectorudy on November 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Ed,

Here’s an article on the failed IPO.

Just for fun, read through the comments on that page which are from June 2010.

Even back then people were questioning the future of Solyndra based solely on the technology.

BobMbx on November 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

lets focus on herman cain every hour on the hour…

unstinkingbelievable…

cmsinaz on November 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

The new mafia!!!

ClanDerson on November 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

and the most disgusting in this whole mess is not even O, he’s a politician, you can’t expect honesty and integrity from his kind, but the media (mainstream) is the worst villain for keeping this away from the public…I don’t think you can find this type of media bias anywhere in the world, not even in the UK…You’ll always have the Telegraph there that will shout loud enough about something like this…and in general, the media do a good job there when it comes to corruption scandals, regardless of which side of the political spectrum they come from

jimver on November 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

There is no such thing as Democrat scandals, at worst they are innocent lapses in judgement. Sorry to bust your bubble Ed but this is no blockbuster, unless they can somehow blame a Republican.

neuquenguy on November 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

It shouldn’t be surprising but it is. The Left really think they can finesse business and technology into a productive industry.

Comrade! Witness the glory of the Potemkin Economy.

chimney sweep on November 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

The left would tell you:

- Haliburton
- DoJ firings
- Plame
- Abu Ghraib
- Waterboarding

Washington Nearsider on November 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Abu Ghraib was a problem in the military, didn’t even come close to the White House;
Waterboarding was a military/political decision that could be argued from both sides, but again a political decision that had legal backing (and I believe was vetted before the Senate Intelligence committee before implementation?)
Plame is the closest thing that I can think of, but that was minor as far as scandals go. Also, it touched on the VP, not so much the POTUS.
DOJ firings was a political issue with precedent
Haliburton issue is nonsense – they won contracts to provide services that only one other company in the world could provide

mdenis39 on November 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Heh…

Paging Jonathan Altar, your golden knee-pads have arrived. Please pick them up at the Security Desk.

That point aside… this surprises who?

Seriously, this is going from ‘a few stray bodies’ buried in the ‘Scandal Graveyard’ to the ‘mass grave’ category… in record time no less.

This just shows Dear Leader’s ‘amateur’ ranking; Bubba Clinton was easily just as corrupt (in different ways), but managed to skate clear of it all.

CPT. Charles on November 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

I hate to say it, but even this is a non-starter. No one who could or would enact any change, convictions or impeachments seems to care.

The media is complicit. No one is reporting it, no one is incensed, they could give a sh*t.

I would love to be proven wrong, but my guess is that it will all fritter away in the news cycle.

somewhatconcerned on November 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

It’s amazing that Enron was connected to W by the press but they give The Won a pass on this. The press really is useless.

Cindy Munford on November 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I find it deliciously ironic that Obama will have this ‘green scandal’ hung around his neck as he campaigns for re-election next year.

It ain’t easy to be green, ya know?

DrW on November 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

In the end, they got George Kaiser and his investment group to put another $75 million into Solyndra by illegally subordinating taxpayers in the event of collapse.

Is it really illegal if no one goes to jail? Hey what about that sweetheart bond deal for the car manufacturing unions?

AnotherOpinion on November 15, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The Obama Administration, DoE, Solyndra, Kaiser family… all working together to hide facts and mislead the public to the benefit of a few political backers.

Does the word ‘conspiracy’ come to mind?

ajacksonian on November 15, 2011 at 1:18 PM

It’s amazing that Enron was connected to W by the press but they give The Won a pass on this. The press really is useless.

Cindy Munford on November 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Unfortunately the press is extremely useful to the Democrats and Obama, in fact, without the aiding and abating of the press the Dems would be relegated to a few seats and no hope of the presidency.

neuquenguy on November 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM

You know, I don’t think I’ve heard so many non-scandals since the Clintons were in the WH.

scalleywag on November 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM

The left would tell you:

– Haliburton
– DoJ firings
– Plame
– Abu Ghraib
– Waterboarding

Washington Nearsider on November 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Abu Ghraib was a problem in the military, didn’t even come close to the White House;
Waterboarding was a military/political decision that could be argued from both sides, but again a political decision that had legal backing (and I believe was vetted before the Senate Intelligence committee before implementation?)
Plame is the closest thing that I can think of, but that was minor as far as scandals go. Also, it touched on the VP, not so much the POTUS.
DOJ firings was a political issue with precedent
Haliburton issue is nonsense – they won contracts to provide services that only one other company in the world could provide

mdenis39 on November 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Well, Bush stole the 2000 election, aided by the all-Republican Supreme Court. He also stole the 2004 election, especially in Ohio.

He also lied about WMDs in Iraq. War Crime.

As for Halliburton, that will no longer fly, because several high ranking officials from that company donated to O’bama in 2008. In addition, George Soros bought $60+ million worth of the company a few years ago.

Del Dolemonte on November 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

The Demorats and the msm have what is known as “Moral equivalence” where they automatically throw out an opposing issue whether is is equal in importance or not. Example; Solyndra = Haliburton. DOJ’s Fast & Furious = DOJ’s US attorney’s firings. Nancy Pelosi’s credit card profit = Newt Gingrich’s book profit. Bill Clinton raping at least one woman = Herman Cain making funny off color remarks to several women. Cain’s brain fart on Libya = Obama’s (Pick one) seeing the people being honored on Memorial day sitting in the audience. All fifty-seven states. Keeping your car tires filled with air will offset ALL off shore oil drilling. He wrote Two books all by himself. My hand is getting tired so you will have to fill in the blanks yourself. The msm has done this for Dems for so long that it is not news to any of us any longer.

inspectorudy on November 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

In addition, George Soros bought $60+ million worth of the company a few years ago.

Del Dolemonte on November 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

So did Obama’s herald, Michael Moore.

Moore’s holdings have “included such evil pharmaceutical and medical companies as Pfizer, Merck, Genzyme, Elan PLC, Eli Lilly, Becton Dickinson and Boston Scientific,” writes Schweizer, whose earlier works include “The Bushes” and “Reagan’s War.”

“Moore’s supposedly nonexistent portfolio also includes big bad energy giants like Sunoco, Noble Energy, Schlumberger, Williams Companies, Transocean Sedco Forex and Anadarko, all firms that ‘deplete irreplaceable fossil fuels in the name of profit’ as he put it in ‘Dude, Where’s My Country?’

“And in perhaps the ultimate irony, he also has owned shares in Halliburton. According to IRS filings, Moore sold Halliburton for a 15 percent profit and bought shares in Noble, Ford, General Electric (another defense contractor), AOL Time Warner (evil corporate media) and McDonald’s.

“Also on Moore’s investment menu: defense contractors Honeywell, Boeing and Loral.”

BobMbx on November 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

But in an Oct. 30, 2010, e-mail, advisers to Solyndra’s primary investor, Argonaut Equity, explain that the Energy Department had strongly urged the company to put off the layoff announcement until Nov. 3. The midterm elections were held Nov. 2, and led to Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dumb question? Does this e-mail have a
to:
from:
subject:
CC:
in the header or has that been redacted?

DSchoen on November 15, 2011 at 1:33 PM

It’s time to start getting all of these people under oath in Congress and start preparing a criminal investigation.

They just come in and lie through their teeth. And you know how little they think of perjury charges.

GarandFan on November 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

All I know is that these fake scandals have some pretty cool nicknames.

Chuck Schick on November 15, 2011 at 2:02 PM

These cronies will do anything to keep their “narrative” from being exposed as a fairy tale…

Were the Solyndra people trying to pressure for more money, or was Obama and cadre avoiding more bad news to mitigate a losing election cycle? Or both? And if the Solyndra people were citing media inquiries about their difficulties as pressuring them to cut costs…how far did that knowlege go and was not part of the nightly news coverage?

The level of fakery just keeps rising…

Harry Schell on November 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

The level of fakery just keeps rising…

Harry Schell on November 15, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Tangled webs and all that……I’m pretty sure Issa is taking his time , and that allows the web of deceit to continue to be spun. Soon enough all will be trapped.

BobMbx on November 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Can’t wait for Dear Liar to be led away in handcuffs. There’s no way he didn’t know/direct this.

rbj on November 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Two reasons this will never happen:
A: Democrats are criminal scum.
B: Republicans are pants-wetting cowards.

Extrafishy on November 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Oooops. There goes another of Lichtman’s seven criteria.

Pablo Snooze on November 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Here is Solyndra’s SEC Filing.

Odie1941 on November 15, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Chu is in for an interesting time on the Hill later this week!!!!

Bob in VA on November 15, 2011 at 3:57 PM

So Republic Party, how about slashing those subsidies to your pet industries, such as banks, oil, drugs, health insurance, agribusiness, military contractors and the like? Put our money where you mouth is: Cut all subsidies and government aid for private businesses of all kinds.

Del Dolemonte on November 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM

I am totally cool with that.

Johnnyreb on November 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM

It’s amazing that these supposedly streetwise Chicago operatives don’t even have the sense to at least try to disguise their motives. They might have picked some other date, say November 12, and dream up some rationale for the amount of delay. This is another brazen act of corruption without even a clue that they would be called on it. Those days seem to be drawing to a close, since this is the Washington Post that’s breaking this one.

Sowell Disciple on November 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Yes, but Herman Cain had a gaffe.

tomas on November 15, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Wake me when we get to impeachment!

shov74 on November 15, 2011 at 10:12 PM

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