Daily Archives: June 7, 2006

MORE REPUBLICAN SCHEMING?

Wed, 07 Jun 2006 19:14:47

There was an item the other day at Bayou Buzz.com that caught my eye: John (The Greek-American Prince) Georges of New Orleans is considering running for Governor next year. Georges is a well connected and influential Repub insider who is willing to spend up to $10 million of his own lucre on the race. At first it seemed Quixotic to me: we’re all assuming that Congressman Bobby (PBJ) Jindal is preparing for a grudge rematch with Gov Meemaw next year.

I asked around and wasn’t able to come up with anything solid but I have a theory which could be called <drum roll> the Son Of The Oyster-Adrastos Theory. John Georges is a businessman who is unlikely to run for Governor out of a spirit of altruism or without support from his fellow Repubs. He also has ties to Earl Turd Blossom of Rove who is in charge of scheming lying smearing and double dealing at the White House.  But y’all already knew that…

I spoke to Deep Blog and while he/she/it didn’t have any solid info  Deep Blog always has a theory. And it’s always devious: Deep Blog is the only humanoid I know who is more devious when it comes to politics than I am. <choking up with emotion>

Anyway here’s what Deep Blog and I came up with. We think that the Georges thing smells like Rove at work. It’s possible that the White House is encouraging PBJ to step aside and run for the Senate against Mary Landrieu in 2008. It’s only a theory folks but it could explain why a Repub insider like Georges is running for an office that a better known Repub seems to have the inside track on.

If this is true: will Piyush go along with the plot?  I have my doubts. PBJ is out for himself; it’s hard to see him putting his ambition on hold out of party loyalty. Piyush is a hustler and hustlers always ask themselves: what’s in it for me? I’m also unsure as whether or not Louisiana Repubs would go along with such a scheme: PBJ has an excellent chance of beating Meemaw and John Georges is an unknown quantity as a candidate. He’s also unknown to the electorate at large.

Deep Blog and I *don’t* agree about who is more vulnerable: Meemaw or Mary Landrieu. I think that Meemaw is on the ropes and is a long shot to win re-election. Deep Blog thinks that as Governor Meemaw has goodies to dispense and may be able to pork barrel her way to victory. As to Mary’s chances she always has a dog fight on her hands but I think she’ll win another close race. Deep Blog however  thinks that the Repubs are going to put Mary on the social issues rack and tighten the screws mercilessly as a way to defeat her. We shall see…

In the end I’m not sure if *either* of us is right. We both thought Mitch would get 52% of the vote in the late election after all. But it’s always fun to speculate and gossip and nobody does it better than Deep Blog and me. Holy crap now I’m channeling Carly Simon…

DOLLAR BILL: AFRICAN ART DEALER

Wed, 07 Jun 2006 03:45:07

I can’t believe I missed this nugget in this morning’s Picayune:

“According to the affidavit used to search the vice president’s house the FBI expected to find a $100 000 cash bribe in a reddish-brown briefcase that Mody had given Jefferson. The cash was to guarantee Abubakar’s cooperation to ensure “the little hook is in there ” according to wiretap transcripts.

A day later the FBI intercepted Jefferson’s cell phone signal in the vicinity of Abubakar’s home. And later Jefferson assured Mody that he had given the money to Abubakar referring to it as “African art.

But $90 000 of the cash marked by investigators was found in a freezer at Jefferson’s Capitol Hill home during the August raid. A reddish-brown briefcase was found by the FBI during the search of Jefferson’s New Orleans home on Marengo Street the same day. “

I put my favorite bit in bold face. I’m not sure who Dollar Bill is channeling: Tony Soprano or George Smiley. But he’s very big on using movie gangster/spook euphemisms when he’s doing bidness with the wired-up Lori Mody.  Here’s another juicy bit wherein Dollar Bill distinguishes between national and international corruption:

“According to the transcripts Jefferson told Mody that Abubakar was demanding 50 percent of the profits earned by YahYah’s company. Jefferson said Abubakar had made the demand during a private one-hour meeting at the [Nigerian] vice president’s home.

“We have a deal with him ” he told Mody.

He also told her in a separate wiretapped call that YahYah was critical to the success of the venture in Nigeria.

“We need him ” Jefferson told her over dinner in Washington. “We got to motivate him real good. He’s got a lot of folks to pay off.”

Jefferson told Mody that it was best that the two of them didn’t know what YahYah was up to.

“If he’s gotta pay Minister X we don’t want to know ” Jefferson said. “It’s not our deal. We’re not paying Minister X a damn thing. That’s all you know international fraud crap. We’re not doing that. . . . Whatever they do locally that’s their business.”

Maybe Dollar Bill’s defense will be that he was conducting a seminar in international law for Ms. Mody. Of course this last passage sounds like a classic re-statement of the Louisiana Way. At least he skipped the obligatory backscratching or hand washing references…

Back to Dollar Bill’s use of gangster (not gangsta) euphemisms. I halfway expect him to say something like “Jack Abramhoff sleeps with the fishes.” Oops wrong metaphor wrong scandal. That’s the problem: as long as Dollar Bill stays in office the Repubs can keep saying “everybody does it” and NOLA will continue to get the shaft. Perhaps he should spread some African art around the House chamber: there are many collectors of Dollar Bill’s kind of African art in Congress after all.