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Tim Griffin: Another Republican Crybaby

Awww, those poor, maligned Republicans are just getting soooo emotionally distraught these days... First we had Big Bad Boehner boo-hooing on the house floor a few weeks ago:

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) broke down on the House floor today, sobbing uncontrollably as he urged his colleagues to vote in favor of the $100 billion Iraq war spending bill.

timgriffin.jpgAnd now we've got Tim Griffin, who was Roves' hand-picked US Attorney replacement in Arkansas, weeping and crying his way through a lunchtime address last Thursday:

Griffin addressed a lunchtime audience at the Clinton School of Public service Thursday, sometimes crying as he said he had no plans to return to politics. The Justice Department has drawn strident criticism from Democrats and Republicans for appointing Griffin and other replacement prosecutors without Senate hearings and is accused of inserting political partisans in those jobs.

Griffin is a protege of White House adviser Karl Rove. Griffin resigned June 2nd. He says he wants to open what he termed a "bipartisan law practice." Griffin left Thursday's event without taking questions from reporters.

So what is it with these weak-kneed Republican crybabies? Were they weaned too early? Or perhaps they were never weaned at all, and they still really, really miss their mommies?

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting - and this guy was a US Attorney? (even if it was for only 12 minutes or so...) And I had read that Griffin was going to work for Fred "Has Anyone Seen the Keys to my Red Pickup?" Thompson...

Not so, according to the BBC's Greg Palast, who is claiming credit for being the guy who made Griffin cry:

Boo-hoo! I made Tim Griffin cry.

He cried. Then he lied.

You remember Tim. Karl Rove's right hand (right claw?) man. The GOP's ragin' cagin' man.

Griffin is the Rove-bot exposed by our BBC Newsnight investigations team as the man who gathered and sent out the infamous 'caging' lists to Republican state chairmen during the 2004 election.

Caging lists, BBC discovered, were used secretly as a basis to challenge the right to vote of thousands of citizens - including the homeless, students and soldiers sent overseas. The day after BBC broadcast that the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, sought our evidence on Griffin, Tim resigned his post as US Attorney for Arkansas. That job was a little gift from Karl Rove who made room for his man Griffin by demanding the firing of US prosecutor Bud Cummins.

Last week, our cameras captured Griffin, all teary-eyed, in his humiliating kiss-off speech delivered in Little Rock at the University of Arkansas where he moaned that, "public service isn't worth it."

The Republican crybaby phenom appears likely to reach pandemic proportions by election day...

Palast continues:

True. In the old Jim Crow days in Arkansas, you could get yourself elected by blocking African-Americans. (The voters his caging game targeted are - quelle surprise! - disproportionately Black citizens.)

But today, Griffin can't even get an unemployment check. When he resigned two weeks ago following our broadcast, the cover story was that the voter persecutor-turned-prosecutor had resigned to work for Presidential wannabe Fred Thompson. But when Thompson's staff was asked by a reporter why they would hire the 'cagin' man,' suddenly, the 'Law and Order' star decided associating with Griffin might take the shine off Thompson's badge, even if it is from the props department.

Griffin, instead of saying that public service "isn't worth it," should have said, "Crime doesn't pay." Because, according to experts such as law professor Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 'caging,' when used to target Black voters' rights, is a go-to-prison crime.

By resigning, Tim may not avoid the hard questions about caging - or the hard time that might result. When I passed the first set of documents to Conyers (a real film noir moment, in a New York hotel room near midnight), the soft-spoken Congressman said that, resignation or not, "We aren't done with Mr. Griffin yet..."

Tears Not Truth

Back in Little Rock, when asked about caging, Rove's guy linked a few fibs to a few whoppers to some malefactious mendacity. That is, he lied.

"I didn't cage votes. I didn't cage mail," Griffin asserted.

At the risk of making you cry again, Tim, may I point you to an email dated August 26, 2004. It says, "Subject: Re: Caging." And it says, "From: Tim Griffin - Research/Communications" with the email [email protected] RNCHQ is the Republican National Committee Headquarters, is it not, Mr. Griffin? Now do you remember caging mail?

If that doesn't ring a bell, please note that at the bottom is this: "ATTACHMENT: Caging-1.xls". And that attachment was a list of voters.

This link picks up on page 2 of Palast's "Tears of a Clone"

John Brummett of the Arkansas Times is shedding light on the Griffins connection with the ouster of Bud Cummins, Griffin's predecessor in the Arkansas US Attorney post:

There was a document dump Tuesday. It included e-mails from Sara Taylor, White House political director, meaning prominent Rovian.

One of hers, dated Feb. 16 and sent to one of those interchangeable and forgettable Justice Department political appointees, had her lamenting that Griffin was being hung out to dry by Justice Department mishandling. She added in this e-mail: "Bud runs a campaign and (Deputy Attorney General Paul) McNulty refuses to say Bud is lazy, which is why we got rid of him in the first place."

I phoned Cummins, not to ask whether he was lazy, that often being a matter of opinion. A relaxed manner, which he tends to possess, might sometimes be mistaken for shiftlessness.

Instead I asked Cummins to help me figure out how a woman working as political director in the Bush White House might have come to hold such a solid opinion on his work habits from nearly a thousand miles away.

He professed to have no idea. As federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Arkansas, he had no direct contact with the White House. He did have dealings with the Justice Department, and maybe somebody there held that opinion. But he said that no one ever said anything, and, in fact, he was called on for special work for a case in Missouri and to lend expert consultation to U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln on the Patriot Act.

There was no one who'd had the joint experience of working both for Cummins and the White House, except for, well, Tim Griffin himself, who toiled a few months under Cummins in Little Rock in 2002, and later for Rove.

Cummins said he couldn't imagine Griffin's spreading such a slur inside the White House to try to get his job.

Oh I can imagine a wuss like Griffin doing something like that. And for the records, Cummins demanded, and got, a retraction from the Attorney General on the derogatory remarks made regarding Cummins' work performance...

And as we all now know this entire affair -- the firing of US Attorneys "for performance reasons" -- is just more Republican liars' slime from the White House, oozing its way across the United States.

But don't take my word for it... see the video below.

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