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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Congress v. Clemens

posted by on February 26 at 9:15 AM

This makes my head explode:

A Congressional committee has taken the first steps toward asking the Department of Justice to start a criminal investigation into whether Roger Clemens committed perjury during testimony about performance-enhancing drugs, according to three lawyers with knowledge of the matter.

How many Bush administration officials have lied to Congress under oath? Alberto Gonzales gets a pass and Clemens get indicted? The Democrats that control Congress can’t be bothered with investigating the politically-motivated prosecution of a Democratic governor by the U.S. Justice department but it has all the time in the world to roast retired athletes over a spit? Christ.

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Posted by bohica | February 26, 2008 9:27 AM

Well, you once voted for Nader, right? So it's not like you don't understand that the US government is a bunch of self-protecting bastards on both sides of the aisles. You aren't honestly shocked nor surprised.

Posted by seattle98104 | February 26, 2008 9:31 AM

As a former Bostonian and Red Sox fan, I can confirm that Roger Clemens is more evil than anyone in the current administration, and this is actually a long, long time coming.

I'm hoping for an old-fashioned burning at the stake!

Posted by Peter F | February 26, 2008 9:33 AM

Thank god congress will destroy the scourage of steriods in pro baseball. We all know THAT is what is destorying America.

Posted by Andrew | February 26, 2008 9:34 AM

I never voted for Nader.

Posted by Dan Savage | February 26, 2008 9:35 AM

politicians are grandstanding on issues of little or no real significance? i'm SHOCKED, i tell you, SHOCKED.

extending the brand of the drug war.

Posted by max solomon | February 26, 2008 9:38 AM

But Dan, even impeachment is Off. The. Table.

Srsly, I read recently that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have remote controlled explosives implanted in their heads, and if they do anything other than smile, wave and push the Republican agenda, there'll be a bang so loud they won't even hear it.

It's the most plausible explanation for their behavior so far.

Posted by Original Andrew | February 26, 2008 9:48 AM

We all know how important it is to stop steroids in baseball. It was even a key feature of Bush's SOTU address a couple of years ago along with stopping terrists, upper class tax cuts, more minumum wage jobs.

Posted by el Rutherford | February 26, 2008 9:51 AM

I am madder about the Arlen Spector led Spygate trials.. They are both lame when put to the Alberto standard though..

Posted by Clint | February 26, 2008 9:52 AM

Heh, then i must have you confused with someone else... who on your staff (passed or present am I confusing you with?)

Posted by seattle98104 | February 26, 2008 9:57 AM

The rumor is dragging around that Bush would pardon Clemens if indicted. That would seem about right for the administration. Barry?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | February 26, 2008 10:16 AM

Dan, thanks for referencing Scott Harper's reporting about the Siegelman prosecution. Siegelman himself has said that his case will be the "Watergate" of the Bush administration, and with the recent 60 Minutes report, it may happen. Please continue to track it and make people aware. Thanks!

Posted by David B. | February 26, 2008 10:40 AM

Amen. Jon Stewart yelled about this a few weeks ago, it was fantastic.

Posted by bec | February 26, 2008 11:15 AM

Remember, you don't want to charge them with the crime until GWB can't pardon them.

Jan 22nd - the day the charges should be filed.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 26, 2008 11:27 AM

Will in Seattle @ 14,

Then on January 23rd, the Dumrats in the Senate will make sure all the charges are dropped.

They'll tearfully explain to the Uhmurikan people that they just don't have the 150 votes needed to convict.

Posted by Original Andrew | February 26, 2008 11:41 AM

How cool would baseball be if they had manditory steroid use? Talk about Roid Rage.

Posted by Rowdy Roddy Piper | February 26, 2008 11:49 AM

Bill Clinton once bombed Libya to get the media off his back over Monica.

Posted by Gomez | February 26, 2008 1:03 PM

This bullshit is Terri Schiavo 2.0. Why the fuck is Congress involved again? Dan hit the nail on the head with this one. I hate organized sports (and the exorbitant pay scale involved) more than anyone else on this Earth, but I don't think Congress needs to be wasting their time on this crap.

(And as if it isn't fairly fucking obvious that these players are all on 'roids, anyway...just look at before and after photos. "I worked out for years and years and barely grew bigger, but now I have a better trainer and my biceps doubled in size in a month." Right.)

Posted by Ugh | February 26, 2008 1:43 PM

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