Rich Galen

  • You know? I'm beginning to feel bad for the Congressional Democrats. Every time it looks like they might be making some headway in their push to take back control of the US House, something bad happens to set them back.

  • Or two somethings.

  • Thursdays papers were chock full of a report that a guy named Vernon L. Jackson had plead guilty to bribing Democratic Congressman William J. Jefferson of Louisiana on some Nigerian Internet deal he wanted to sell to the US government.

  • Jefferson denied any involvement, saying he was "surprised and disappointed to learn of Vernon Jackson's guilty plea."

  • We have a guy who has plead guilty to bribing Jefferson. Not guilty of ATTEMPTED bribery. Bribery.

  • Bribery requires a briber and a bribee. To believe that Vernon Jackson could bribe William Jefferson without William Jefferson actually taking a bribe from Vernon Jackson requires a suspension of disbelieve amounting to a religious adherence to the concept of an immaculate deception.

  • This is a pretty complicated case, bribe-wise, but the shorthand appears to be that Congressman Jefferson demanded that money be paid to a phony company set up by his wife and son. If Jefferson is going to claim that the money went to his family and not to him and so he was never bribed, he is going to be laughed right out of court and right into the federal slammer.

  • You have to read the whole thing to get a sense of the scale of this thing. According to the LA Times, the Vice President of Nigeria is involved. The Vice President of Nigeria is not exactly living in Nigeria.

  • No. According to the LAT federal agents, "obtained a search warrant against the vice president of Nigeria, who owns a mansion in Potomac, Md., where he lives with a wife who holds U.S. citizenship."

  • Talk about a Vice President in a secret undisclosed location.
    Where do you want to live, honey? Lagos or Potomac?

    Oooh. Tough choice. Let me think. Does Lagos have a Nordstroms?

  • Another minor incident pointing to a potential legal dilemma for the Louisiana Democrat is the fact that, "Federal agents raided Jefferson's home and office in August, reportedly seizing a large amount of cash kept in the freezer."

  • Don't these people ever watch Law & Order?

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at