And if not, what could possibly compel him to allow his lawyer to threaten the Sunlight Foundation with libel over a real-estate suit, thus guaranteeing that the blogosphere will break out the popcorn and follow everything his counsel does with a magnifying glass?
To begin with, Hastert's counsel has a ridiculously weak argument.
But beyond that, allowing anybody to send out something containing this passage
When it comes to the reputation of Speaker Hastert, there are no idle threats. Instead, there is corrective action – either voluntary or compelled.
… when any moron could predict that it was going to go public, is just beyond comprehension: unless Hastert is an idiot who has lost all touch with how politics works. On the one hand, yes, folks inside the Beltway tend to lose their perspective on how the rest of the country operates… but on the other, one would expect a keener response from somebody in his position.
We're discovering that this "culture of corruption" cuts through both parties in Congress. This is one of the areas in which the blogosphere has much to crow about… Congresscritters who regard their safety in terms of legal action ignore the very real threat that public mockery and scorn present to their careers.
To start with, I'm going to start paraphrasing that stupid quote at every possible instance, just because it's so damned hilarious. It's almost as bad as "nuclear power is our obvious right" over in Tehran…
- When it comes to the reputation of William Jefferson, there are no idle bribes, Instead, there are freezerfulls of cash — either recovered or unrecovered."
- When it comes to the reputation of Daily Kos, there are no electoral victories. Instead, there is collective fundraising — either soft or hard cash."
I'm seriously thinking of offering a $20 gift certificate to the winner, except I can't think of a nationwide restaurant chain known for its pork dishes…
Hat Tip: Instapundit