Well DUH. I mean, yes, TTAG did report on this likelihood last week, but it’s not like you’d have to be psychic to figure this one out. Melson’s resignation was every bit as obvious (and every bit as not-funny) as a Gallagher routine with a watermelon. Even with Melson essaying the role of the stunt melon . . .
I’ve got zero respect for Melson – under his watch, the ATF made “loose cannon on deck” look less like a cautionary phrase and more like “standard operating procedure.” You can speculate that he was clueless instead of willfully breaking the law. I choose to believe he was an active, willful participant, based on what little evidence and testimony we’ve seen come out of the Issa hearings so far. Your results may vary.
But I don’t see how “clueless” absolves him of any guilt, makes the SNAFU any less normal (or f**ked-up, for that matter). Nope. Melson’s going down. Now the only question is “will that satisfy anybody?” Allow me to speak for anybody and everybody, when I say Hell NO.
It’s painfully obvious that the ATF is obstructing justice. Wait…that’s weird. Don’t they WORK for the Justice Department? Yes, bunkie, they do. But they also have been acting as if they are above the law since Hector was a pup and Billy Bob was Prez. No, these clowns need to go down, and that means two things –
First, they need a new Sheriff in town, an outsider who will clean house, getting rid of the cowboys. Second, they need to see who was running this debacle and hold THEM accountable. It wasn’t Melson. If it had been, he would have been road kill the millisecond after this mess came to light. Nope. It goes higher.
Just how MUCH higher is the $64 billion-dollar question. My best guess is that AG Holder, DHS Sect. Napolitano and former Chief of Staff Emmanuel better be looking for the best criminal defense attorneys money can buy. I suspect that when all is said and done, they’re going to be asked/forced to fall on their swords for the O-Man.
Will this scandal get Obama the way Watergate got Nixon, or will he live to shove his ideology down our throats another day, like President Bubba (a man who STILL claims to be the first black President. Do we need to take a peek at his birth certificate, or was that just a metaphor?) I suspect that the worst we’ll see from this is that it will further damage Obama’s chances to be re-elected.
Not that he needs any help in that area. He’s so busy shooting himself in the foot, I can’t see how his chances could get much worse unless somebody dug up a membership card for him in the Hitler Youth. If you know anything about politics, Chicago Style (and I do) you’d know that the big guys at the top insulate themselves from as much dirty work as possible. Plausible deniability and all that. Why you’d have to be as stupid as…um…Rod Blagojevich to incriminate yourself in something this outside the law.
It’s heartening to see somebody like Melson take a fall. But it would be more heartening if this were to result in REAL change you can believe in, like an outsider taking over ATF and cleaning house, the people that ordered this disaster brought to justice, and an object lesson in “Thou Shalt Not Place Thyself Above the Law,” writ large, so even Congress can read it. Don’t hold your breath.
But if I was a betting man, I’d make book that Melson won’t be the last casualty of the Cluster-f**k that is/was Fast n’ Furious. Nor will the ATF be the only federal agency with a new head before the next Presidential election.