Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm getting a stabby pain behind my eyes...

Sometimes, the best thing to do is just STFU. Solyndra's execs knew this when they appeared before the House Energy and Commerce committee, early this year. With House Republicans in full-scale scandal mode, the White House--and House Democrats--have decided to openly contradict everything being suggested by newly released documents pertaining to Solyndra and its contacts on the DOE and the White House.

From the Washington Post:
“Even the documents cherry-picked by House Republicans today affirm what we have said all along: This loan was a decision made on the merits at the Department of Energy,” Schultz said in a statement. “Nothing in the 85,000 pages of documents produced thus far by the Administration or in these four indicate any favoritism to political supporters.”
Right. Sure. Nevermind that communications between George Kaiser and Steve Mitchell, the manager of Kaiser's investment fund say things like this (from Mitchell to Kaiser):
“The WH has offered to help in the past and we do have a contact within the WH that we are working with.”
What meaning could possibly be gleaned from that, other than that the White House OFFERED TO HELP? Help with what? Well, DOE loans obviously. What else could it be? Picking out new curtains for the factory? It's painfully obvious that the admin was doing a solid for a major campaign contributor. And that, in and of itself, is not unusual. The potential problems here lie with the contact between the White House and the DOE, especially with regard to the subordination of the DOE loan to private investments.

But for some reason, the White House and the Democrats think they can actually argue away the simple and obvious favoritism shown to Solyndra by the White House. Again, they'd be better off just keeping quiet at this point. If a single piece of evidence shows Kaiser met with or talked to anyone in the admin, it's game over in a big way, especially now that the White House has so vehemently denied such an event ever occurred.

Foolish, and then some, especially given the Steve Spinner angle in all of this.

Cheers, all.

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