Send Lawyers Guns And Money!
Politico has a story today about Acorn’s woes entitled ACORN threatens to open Pandora’s box. While this is an interesting story concerning Acorn’s threats to file lawsuits against FoxNews, biggovernment.com, Andrew Breitbart, the undercover free lance reporters and anyone else they can think of, but Politico’s take on this:
It’s not surprising that ACORN is considering lawsuits out of desperation, including suits against the intrepid reporters who filmed these tapes, and against Big Government, the new political website by online media guru Andrew Breitbart that first broke this story and has been the leading source for continuing developments.
But I don’t believe it is as much out of desperation as it is a veiled threat against Obama and the Democrats in general. As they see the House and Senate Democrats abandon them in droves, how do they pull the support back into the Acorn shell?
Politico correctly points out the ramifications of their filing these lawsuits.
ACORN’s unavoidable problem, however, is that suing Fox News would give Fox — or any other media organization — the ultimate Christmas present: a legally enforceable way to compel ACORN to give up all its secrets.
The process by which a party to a lawsuit can force the opposing party to disclose information is called discovery, which can take the form of depositions, written questions, or demands for the production of documents. Under federal rules, a defendant can get court orders for discovery for any information relevant to its defense, except for privileged information such as attorney-client discussions.
But, isn’t that the point? If Acorn files these lawsuits, as threatened, it would open up their deepest, darkest secrets to the world. Is anyone naive enough to believe this type of exposure would fail to bring down a large number of Democrats, or at least embroil a number of the more liberal and “Progressive” Democrats in the Mother of all scandals? And with midterm elections on the horizon?
No, this is a threat to the Obama Administration to do as they have done with so many investigations to date and sweep it under the rug. Remember Bill Richardson? Voter intimidation in Pennsylvania?
I wonder if the new Company Song at Acorn is the late Warren Zevon’s tune “Lawyer’s, Guns and Money“?
I’m hiding in Honduras – I’m a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns, and money
The shit has hit the fan
Send lawyers, guns, and money…
Enjoy the tune.