Editorial: Rep. Doolittle ethically bankrupt

"Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, seems to think that federal investigators are looking into his family's political and financial entanglements for reasons other than the obvious -- his and his wife's real and troubling connections with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In an opinion piece reprinted in the Forum section today and in a KFBK radio interview, Doolittle has claimed that a recent search by federal investigators of his family's Virginia home was an act of retaliation for his refusal to admit to a crime. He also suggested the timing of the raid was designed to beef up the credibility of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Doolittle's creative theories fall into a well-studied pattern of political behavior. It is the "heated exaggeration, suspiciousness and conspiratorial fantasy" as described by Richard Hofstadter in his classic 1964 essay, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics." But in the midst of his political free-fall, Doolittle is attacking law enforcement agencies whose powers he has helped enhance countless times in his political life. It's an odd spectacle.

No one can say how all this will turn out, but one thing is indisputable: Doolittle has shown that his politics of "friends helping friends" is ethically bankrupt. Call it what you like, it is not effective public service. And bizarre accusations only make Doolittle less able to serve effectively."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Doolittle probe: Persecution or prosecution? (The Sacramento Bee 5/13)

Rep. Doolittle Column:
Real justice lost in politicized investigation (The Sacramento Bee 5/13)

Relevant Links:
Rep. John Doolittle - http://www.house.gov/doolittle

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