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Malkin: The Swamp Has Not Been Drained

By Michelle Malkin

Hey, remember when Nancy Pelosi and a gaggle of Democratic women vowed to eradicate Washington's culture of corruption? Tee-hee. Instead of breaking up the Good Ol' Boys Club, Capitol Hill's leading liberal ladies have established their very own taxpayer-funded Sisterhood of the Plundering Hacks.

This week, the names of two of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's gal pals surfaced in a mortifying, Animal House-style scandal. If the allegations of whistleblowers pan out, DHS may soon be known as DSH: The Department of Sexual Harassment.

According to's Judson Berger, DHS chief of staff for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Suzanne Barr put herself on voluntary leave after details of her lewd behavior were disclosed as part of an ongoing discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. In "newly emerging affidavits," Berger reported, "one of the employees claimed that in October 2009, while in a discussion about Halloween plans, the individual witnessed Barr turn to a senior ICE employee and say: 'You a sexy (expletive deleted).'"

Striking a blow for equal opportunity pervs everywhere, Barr "then looked at his crotch and asked, 'How long is it anyway?' according to the affidavit."

Barr is accused of numerous other acts intended to "humiliate and intimidate male employees." Yet another account from the lawsuit detailed Barr's vulgar text messages to a colleague while on a boozy trip to Colombia. On the same junket, Barr allegedly offered to perform oral sex on another DHS employee. Barr, a lawyer who previously served as Napolitano's director of legislative affairs when the DHS secretary was governor of Arizona, had no law enforcement experience before ascending the federal ranks.

A few months after Barr followed Napolitano to DHS in 2009, another crony tagged along. Dora Schriro, who served as director of Arizona's Department of Corrections under then-Gov. Napolitano, was appointed by her BFF to head the Detention and Removal Operations office despite zero experience in that critical homeland security policy area. The suit claims that Schriro had a "longstanding relationship with (Napolitano)" that resulted in preferential treatment.

A few plum posts here, a few plum posts there. Pretty soon, the sleaze piles up.

But DHS has nothing on the public relations slush fund created by Obamacare -- and forked over to Obama on-air surrogate Kiki McLean. The longtime Democratic operative and self-described "true D.C. insider" heads up the global public affairs division at Porter Novelli, which secured a $20 million contract to peddle Obamacare to the public. The firm claims it struck gold after a "competitive bidding process." But members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have called for probes into that and other shady business-as-usual PR contracts. And HHS, headed by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is dragging its feet on meeting information requests.

Such obstructionism is nothing new to Sebelius, whose tenure as Kansas governor is still the subject of an ongoing criminal court case against Planned Parenthood and the Sunflower State's health officials. Last year, the plaintiffs discovered that health bureaucrats presided over the "routine" shredding of "documents related to felony charges the abortion giant faces." Sebelius doggedly fought transparency motions in the proceedings for years.

Are Obama's female inspectors general watching out for taxpayers any better than their male counterparts? As the boys in my family like to say: negatory.

Interior Department acting IG Mary Kendall is knee-stocking-deep in a conflict-of-interest scandal, which alleges that she potentially helped White House officials cover up their doctoring of scientific documents that led to the fraudulent, job-killing drilling moratorium of 2010.

Acting Department of Justice IG Cynthia Schnedar, a longtime employee and colleague of now-Attorney General Eric Holder, has an ethics imbroglio all her own. As I reported in June, she worked under Holder in the 1990s and co-filed several legal briefs with him. Schnedar recklessly released secret Fast and Furious audiotapes to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix before reviewing them. The tapes somehow found their way into the hands of the local ATF office. Both remain targets of congressional probes.

Over on Capitol Hill, Democratic women are too preoccupied with their own nest-feathering and backside-covering to police the Obama administration:

California Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson, a tax dodger and loan defaulter, received a House ethics wrist slap two weeks ago after investigators concluded she had "improperly pressured her congressional staffers to work on her campaign, verbally abused and intimidated them, used taxpayer-funded resources for personal and political activities, and obstructed the investigation," as the Los Angeles Times summed it up.

Fellow California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters still hasn't faced an ethics trial over her meddling in minority-owned OneUnited Bank. The financial institution, in which her husband had invested, received $12 million in federal TARP bailout money after Waters' office personally intervened and lobbied the Treasury Department in 2008.

Nevada Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley faces a formal House ethics investigation into charges that she abused her position to benefit her husband's business interests.

And investigative author Peter Schweizer exposed House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and her husband's smelly Obamacare insider deals involving the initial public offering of credit-card company Visa.

Out: Drain the swamp. In: Last one in is a rotten egg. Kick off your pumps and 3, 2, 1 ... cannonball!


Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).


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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    August 17, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    The ‘thug’ mentality that pervades our ‘federal’ government has caught on quick since we ‘acquired’ the Thug-in-Chief. He has added some of the most vile, indescent, unscrupulous characters to the top tier of government; thus unleashing the heinousness of lying and deceit on all our nation. Nor does there seem to be an end of it; we keep getting the ‘gutter bums’ to ‘reign’ over us. We do have an alternative and that is to ‘elect’ some people with character and integrity to our government to undo the corruption.


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    • MattNComment by MattN
      August 17, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

      Isn’t it the Senate that approves these people? Sounds to me like we should be getting rid of a lot of senators this time around.

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    • canada3dayerComment by canada3dayer
      August 20, 2012 @ 5:01 am

      sadly we first have to GET more people with character and integrity to run for office…

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  2. noveldogComment by noveldog
    August 17, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    Wild eyed Pelosi the, “let’s pass that Bill so we can see what’s in it,” is still making ridiculous statements. She and Maxine Waters are running amok embarrassing everyone with their stupidity and immoral behaviour. Why don’t they just wash the dye out of their hair, and along with it, the crud, and then go home and watch television, or play ‘catch me if you can’ with their pet alligators?

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  3. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    The above Female Lib scandals are indicative of what always happens when the unrestrained liberal ideology of the competitive male of self-interest, meets unlimited opportunity to bloom in raw the raw emotion of the liberal female mind, without the power of the Conservative logical male brain to restrain it. When unrestrained power meets unrestrained emotion the end result is always ugly, just like their ugly women. When given power and positions of power sans the reasoning capacity to wield it responsibly, coupled with the lack of good looks or sexual attraction afforded most women of accomplishment, these frustrated underachievers go to any length to justify their feeble existences which they know in their hearts have acquired only by their suck up politics, not achievement, and placed them into positions of authority far beyond their capabilities to handle it. Where good looks and brains are lacking, the use of sex and abuse of power always follow in self-justifying frustration attempts at an equality they know will never exist in themselves, their looks, their intellectual capacity to reason, or their failed idology. It is all an allusion, and their ceiling crashing prima donna Poster child Hillary Clinton is a prime example. I almost tossed my lunch yesterday watching her Hoochie dance with some overweight Aunt Jemima type African lesbian crotch bump and grinder. Whatever happened to class act diplomacy of actual addressing of real national and international issues? Whatever happened to good old fashion shame? All these sexually disoriented liberal women can offer is below the waist obsession to compensate lack of brains or real inner or outer beauty. Enter the new age female Liberal Liberated woman of our disoriented lost Democrat Party who seek the worst aspects of men in their eqality and ignore the best strengths the male example has to offer.

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    • lizzietookanaxeComment by lizzietookanaxe
      August 17, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

      Hillary Clinton is a prime example. I almost tossed my lunch yesterday watching her Hoochie dance with some overweight Aunt Jemima type African lesbian crotch bump and grinder.

      Nicely put lol! :)

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  4. geedeeComment by geedee
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I would like to offer up an edit to the very excellent description “Sisterhood of the Plundering Hacks” to Sisterhood of the Plundering Harridans — just for fun.

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    • Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
      August 17, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

      Why not keep the alliteration:
      Sisterhood of the Plundering Prostitutes.

      (Another word beginning with “P” jumped to mind, but I do not use that term in polite — indeed, in any — company. Twenty-one years in the Army exposes one to a lot of gutter terms.)

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  5. airportengineerComment by airportengineer
    August 19, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    Hope & Change!

    It’s the 2 things that we would be begging for, after 4 yrs of Obama!

    Obama did pick a well-suited slogan!

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