If a Senator bilks billions in Washington…

and none of the national media pick it up, does it make a sound?

The Hill reports:

“Anyone who knows much about real power in Congress knows that almost every member of the House and Senate lusts after a seat on the Appropriations Committee and hopes one day to achieve the status of Cardinal. The Cardinals, of course, are the folks who chair the various Appropriations Committee subcommittees and literally control the billions of dollars that pass through their hands.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) chairs the Senate Rules Committee, but she’s also a Cardinal. She is currently chairwoman of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies subcommittee, but until last year was for six years the top Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (or “Milcon”) sub-committee, where she may have directed more than $1 billion to companies controlled by her husband.”



  1. Demonbeck says:

    You know, the Dems got elected in part because of the indiscretions of many Republicans – yet in the few months since there have been at least two instances where major crimes by Democratic officials are not being reported as major stories.

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

  2. CobbGOPer says:

    Whatever. The media drags its feet because they don’t want to make a Democrat the top story when they want the dumb-masses to focus on Bush vetoing the pullout bill.

  3. Demonbeck says:

    They especially don’t want to take on a Democratic stalwart like Dianne Feinstein

  4. Demonbeck says:

    So, rugby_fan, $1.5 Billion dollars going to the husband of a Senior Senate Democrat through the actions of his wife should just be swept under the rug completely?

  5. rugby_fan says:

    Not at all, and that is not what I was saying. I am saying that this will get picked up and it will become an issue. It often takes a while for a story to come into the news cycle and with a bill asking to end the war in Iraq, it will take more work to get other stories in the news cycle.

    If you do not think this is the case you are either; completely blinded by your partisanship, or not being honest with yourself.

  6. Demonbeck says:

    This was in The Hill on Friday. It’s now Tuesday and I haven’t seen it anywhere other than Drudge.

  7. rugby_fan says:

    I repeat Demonbeck. The News Cycle works slowly. There is a much larger issue at hand. What do you think will be in the news right now?

  8. Demonbeck says:

    “What do you think will be in the news right now?”
    What would the larger issue be…hmm…let’s check the AJC.com.
    – Joan Baez banned at Walter Reed Hospital
    – Britney gives concert at California club
    – Plea deal in Winfrey extortion case
    – Pix: Spurrier, Gailey, Belue hit the links
    – D.J. Drama in legal limbo
    – Last dance for ‘Cliff’

    You are right, there are bigger issues at hand.

  9. Trackboy1 says:

    Term limits. Let them serve three terms in the senate, and get out. If you want to serve more than 18 yrs. as a Senator, you’re freaking ego and hubris are beyond immoral. I’m buddies with one of Robert Byrd’s immediate family members, and he wanted him to leave the Senate ten years ago. There is nothing noble and admirable about Byrd and Thurmond serving for so long…

  10. rugby_fan says:

    Demonbeck with all due respect, your choice of what is the news was stupid.

    First, you go to that wonderful rag of a newspaper the AJC.

    Second, you ignore that little box that captures your attention when you first log on that list newsworthy headlines.

    But, I will play your game. Let’s go to washingtontimes.com, not a single mention of Feinstein’s abuse of power.

    Although, what’s this, the WashTimes has a headline where Nancy Pelosi is called a “Good American”. I guess they too have become the liberal MSM huh?

  11. Icarus says:


    We’re trying to pass a War Funding Supplemental Bill.

    Feinstein apparently helped funnel over $1 Billion dollars of MILCON (military construction) money to her husband.

    It’s called War Profiteering. It is part of the IRAQ story. So Iraq is getting in the way of covering this Iraq story?

    Let me put it another way, since Demobeck is probably getting tired of all the heavy lifting on this one:

    If you substituted the names of Feinstein and Perrini with Cheney and Haliburton, and left the remaining facts the same, how long would it take for the MSM to have ’round the clock impeachment coverage, and the nutroots taking torches and pitchforks over to the Cheney household?

  12. Demonbeck says:

    They’d be too busy covering the Iraq war, Icarus, to cover something as trivial as that.

  13. Harry says:

    Far as I can tell, Investors Business Daily, NewsMax and Drudge were the only publications that managed to cover this.

    I guess it’s no big deal.

  14. bowersville says:

    It is no big deal to the MSM, unless

    1) You are Dick Cheney,

    2) You are Haliburton,

    3) You are Republican,

    4) and there is not a war in Iraq.

  15. griftdrift says:

    Yes, yes, it’s very shocking that the media which depends on adverstising dollars instead of donations from the weed funds of dope smoking hippies would run with the story where something like 70% of the American people have a strong opinion.

    Shocking indeed. Please roll out the fainting couch.

  16. Icarus says:

    Or 5,

    If you’re a dead, drugged up former Playmate in an inheritance battle with the family of your late 90 year old Billionaire husband while trying to figure out who’s your babydaddy…

  17. Demonbeck says:

    Feinstein’s not pretty, dead or Republican enough for this to grab anyone’s attention apparently.

  18. Icarus says:

    But has she been sleeping with Howard K Stern or Zha Zha’s husband? That could do it.

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