I n politics, it depends on whose ox is being investigated.
Seven years ago, the conduct of a Democratic president was being probed by an independent counsel, and the president said he was being persecuted by a partisan zealot whose investigation had repeatedly been discredited. A top Republican leader on the Hill found it shameful that the president was blaming the prosecutor and called for the president's resignation. Now, that same Republican leader's conduct is being probed by a district attorney. And the Republican leader says he is, well, being persecuted by a partisan zealot whose investigation has repeatedly been discredited.
-- Dana Milbank
"I had real and serious concerns about an independent counsel investigation that began with private business dealings 20 years ago -- dealings, I might add, about which an independent federal agency found no evidence of any wrongdoing by me or my wife over two years ago. The independent counsel investigation moved on to my staff and friends, then into my private life. And now the investigation itself is under investigation. This has gone on too long, cost too much and hurt too many innocent people.
-- Bill Clinton, Aug. 17, 1998
Incredibly, he actually blamed Kenneth Starr for his troubles. He might have well said that the devil made him do it. Ken Starr was simply doing his job. He was appointed by the attorney general to look into allegations of wrongdoing in this administration. And we look forward to seeing his report. But this isn't about Ken Starr. This is about a president who lacks the character to tell the American people the truth. And it is not just in this instance. It is the pattern of conduct that has stretched from this scandal to many of the other scandals that have bedeviled this administration. . . . The president should resign for the good of the country."
-- Tom DeLay, Aug. 18, 1998
This morning, in an act of blatant political partisanship, a rogue district attorney in Travis County, Texas, named Ronnie Earle charged me with one count of criminal conspiracy, a reckless charge wholly unsupported by the facts. This is one of the weakest, most baseless indictments in American history. It's a sham, and Mr. Earle knows it. It's a charge that cannot hold up even under the most glancing scrutiny. This act is the product of a coordinated, premeditated campaign of political retribution, the all-too-predictable result of a vengeful investigation led by a partisan fanatic.
-- DeLay, Sept. 28, 2005