The ugly season in just beginning. Go over to Memeorandum and you’ll see that if the media are trying to manufacture a scandal about a particular candidate in a close election, that candidate is a Republican. Harry Reid is not trying to win election on his 28-year record representing Nevada in Washington, but on Sharron Angle‘s gaffes. National Democrats aren’t so much concerned with Chris Coons’s ideology as they are with what Christine O’Donnell said in the 1990s.
Barbara Boxer would rather misrepresent Carly Fiorina’s record at HP than defend her own record of support for Obamacare and other big-government programs. And Jerry Brown would rather dwell on Meg Whitman’s household help than debate her comprehensive plan to build a new California.
George Will said it best when he pointed out why Democrats are busy pounding the table: “It is a lawyers’ adage: If you have the law on your side, argue the law; if you have the facts, argue the facts; if you have neither, pound the table.”
Scratch the surface beneath 2008 Democratic National Convention delegate Gloria Allred’s accusations against Whitman and you find that, well, the California Republican gubernatorial candidate did nothing wrong. Nothing. Indeed, if anyone did anything wrong in this case, it is the left-wing attorney. She, as law professor William A. Jacobson points out, “exposed her client (Whitman’s former housekeeper) to serious criminal jeopardy by taking her public”.
The letter that supposedly shows that Whitman knew her client was an illegal immigrant, actually included this line, “This letter makes no statement about your employee’s immigration status.” Now, said letter also included the apparent handwritten note from Whitman’s husband Griff Harsh asking the housekeeper to look into this matter — which is exactly what the law required him to do:
Lawyers said an employer’s obligation upon receiving a no-match letter from the Social Security Administration is to check their own records for typographical or other errors, inform the employee that the records do not match and tell the employee to correct them.
“There is no additional legal obligation for an employer to follow up or respond to SSA with new information,” said Gening Liao, a labor and employment attorney at the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles, which defends immigrants.
He informed the employee. And she held onto the letter. That Allred had the letter from the housekeeper indicates she knew the housekeeper had faked a Social Security number. She knew her client had been made aware of her own deception. Let me repeat, she knew her client had broken the law.
Here, the Golden State faces annual budget crises, growing unemployment while storefronts sit vacant and a left-wing attorney, with a record of filing frivolous lawsuits against Republicans and celebrities, hijacks the Governor’s race (via Instapundit). This isn’t about her concern with the supposedly wronged woman, but with deflecting our attention from the real issues facing our state.
Hugh gets why Democrats are pounding the table about Meg Whitman’s housekeeper:
There will almost certainly be more desperate attempts to keep the spotlight off of the state of California’s economy and schools and the choice that Whitman-Brown offers. All of those attempts will come from the left. And the voters know what that means: Democrats don’t want to talk about the stuff that matters most.