Here is how The Weekly Standard is playing the Menendez story

Bear in mind that The Weekly Standard was founded by conservative commentator William Kristol. And bear in mind, too, that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the watchdog group originally contacted by the elusive “tipster” and the group that contacted the FBI as their civic duty given the serious nature of the accusations the “tipster” was making against Sen. Bob Menendez, has serious doubts about the credibility of the “tipster”. That’s due to his avoidance over 8 months to all requests to speak to the FBI – on the phone or in person – about what he was accusing the senator of. And bear in mind that the first source of the accusations was the partisan Daily Caller website, founded by Tucker Carlson.

I don’t know what if anything happened regarding the most serious accusations against Sen. Menendez, the ones that accuse him of soliciting underage prostitutes on foreign soil. I do know that the right wing is very capable of fabrication. I think a headline like this is absurdly premature, given that there’s so much about this investigation that isn’t yet known.

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  1. ken bank

    I read that prostitution in DR is legal. If its anything like other countries I have been too, the girls are supposed to be licensed (and medically checked every six months) and working in clubs and other places under strict supervision.

    And what do they mean by underage? Are we talking about 16 or 6? Keep in mind the age on consent varies from state to state and country to country. The way these rightwing trash sites act you’d think Menendez was standing on a street corner in Santo Domingo and singing ala Maurice Chevalier “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” while offering candy to 9 year old tweenies. I hardly believe that was the case.

    That article about prosecuting Menendez refers to sex tour operators who promote and sponsor these trips to Asia and Latin America where American men can enjoy limitless sex with young ladies, even “underage”. I be really surprised if anybody has ever been prosecuted for going on a private trip abroad and having sex with a prostitute.

    What’s really sad and frustrating is that all this distracts from the Buono campaign. At a time when Barbara Buono should be front and center in the news, now all the talk is about “Playboy Bob” sharing a good time with Dora The Explorer. It was hard enough for Buono to gain name recognition, now it will be ten times more difficult.

    I hope Menendez does the right thing and comes clean on all this. The more serious allegation involves him waiting more than two years to pay for the trips, and only after Sam Thompson made an issue of it. But that’s a matter for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate, and my guess is he’ll end up with a severe reprimand ala Charlie Rangel. The real problem, and distraction, is the prostition. I believe he did have sex with prostitutes, perfectly legal in the DR, and needs to come clean about it and “man up”. At worst he’ll be embarrassed and the subject of late night jokes, but it will all go away after a few days. I don’t the age will be an issue. According to the tipsters they were teenagers at the time, and I’m sure they didn’t reveal their age to Menendez, so there probably wouldn’t be any reason for him to suspect they were underage. Anyway, I don’t see this becoming a legal problem for Menendez. But it will be a problem for him and the Democratic Party if he lets this linger on and doesn’t come clean about it.

    Anybody care to bet against this being a lead story on Saturday Night Lives Weekend Update?  


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