Robert Bentley, Alabama’s embattled boob-grabber-in-chief, sent a letter on Thursday to the members of the House Judiciary Committee, which is pondering whether to bring articles of impeachment against the governor. It may be the single most idiotic letter I’ve ever seen from a sitting governor. Here’s the letter.
You see, the judiciary committee has requested that Bentley testify under oath before the committee, and Bentley has made it quite clear that he has no intention of doing so. Instead, he is requesting that the members of the committee just pop by his office for an off-the-record chat, a conversation so off-the-record that Bentley wants the judiciary committee members to leave their cell phones at home.
I’m not kidding.
No lawyers, and no recording devices.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is transparency in politics, Alabama-style. Bentley promises he will answer any and all questions any committee member may ask him, so long as his “candor” is not recorded.
So long at the public doesn’t get to hear it.
So long as newspapers and other media outlets cannot report about it.
So long as it’s just the boys shooting the shit, because there’s no need for the Alabama voters to find out the truth about all of Bentley’s shady dealings.
Robert Bentley has a dream, and in that dream there will be no impeachment because he can just smooth-talk his way out of it. In Bentley’s dream-world, disgraced governors caught phone-sexing their paramours and trumping up charges against the chief state law enforcement officer who knows just a bit too much about the governor’s adulterous shenanigans don’t get impeached or indicted, oh goodness no. In Bentley’s world, which revolves around Bentley, he can just wave his Harry Potter wand at the judiciary committee members and the whole problem will dissolve into rainbows and leprechaun gold.
It’s a nice dream. For Bentley.
It’s a nightmare, though, for the people of this state who deserve to know, indeed, are entitled to know the truth about the conduct of the man occupying the governor’s mansion.
But the people won’t care. Pundits like John Archibald and myself can bitch about the lack of transparency, about the appearance of smoke-filled room politics, about Bentley’s complete disregard for the public, and about the sheer stupidity of Bentley’s silly-ass plan to have off-the-record chats on a matter of central governmental importance while refusing to give testimony under oath.
And the Alabama electorate won’t give a damn. They’ll continue to elect crooks like Mike Hubbard and idiots like Robert Bentley, not to mention lawless religious nuts like Roy Moore.
What a dream.