Joe Conason at Salon:
The right-wing crusade against ACORN is a far bigger fraud than any misdeeds a few employees might have committedAny? A few? Doesn't the sight of the one bit of vermin make you at least mildly curious about what's lurking out of sight, Mr. Conason?
People on the left, perhaps not Conason himself, are calling for Bush administration heads on a silver platter over some water boarding. Doesn't the non-zero possibility, based upon the video evidence, of some underage girls living in horror at least budge the concern meter? One can hypothesize an existence so horrid that captive girls would cheerfully endure a session of water boarding in exchange for liberation.
Yet ACORN's troubles should be considered in the context of a history of honorable service to the dispossessed and impoverished.What I really want, since Mr. Conason is apparently my ethical superior, and has a higher-order grasp of justice than my cheap, pedestrian morality, is some kind of function that shows exactly how one calculates the acceptable ratio of depravity vs. "honorable service to the dispossessed and impoverished".
I'll leave un-played the standard "if conservatives did it..." card.
The overall WTF that needs to be addressed is the chain-of-command issue. Why, pray tell, does money have to be extracted from the taxpayer, or borrowed from the future, and then depart the Treasury to ACORN, which seems tantamount to a Federal agency? Why should money leave DC and ever be directed at individual private citizens in the ACORN fashion?
Mr. Conason is naïvel, and his mental gymnastics constitute sad entertainment for all.
Update: Carol at No Sheeples gives us the Nutcracker: sweet.