So I keep seeing the sentence "Bob McDonnell goes on trial on federal corruption charges" today and I can't help but feel the sting of it. Federal corruptoin. Accepting bribes, kickbacks ... it sounds like something out of the Sopranos. Go read about Edwin Edwards and Buddy Cianci if you want to know what federal corruption is. So what Bob McDonnell did was accept money for personal belongings from a guy pushing an energy drink or supplaments or whatever. His wife agreed to show them off at the governors mansion. I don't recall the Virginia Governor's Mansion being a prerequeasite to success in the energy supplament market.
I'm think McDonnell probably could have pleaded out and that was probably what he should have done, but honestly is the punishmnet going to fit the crime here? Did Bob McDonnell give away state assets? Did he really enrich himself? It seems to me this is "federal corruption" in only the sense that federal prosecuters went scalp-hunting. I get what he did was illegal and he needs to pay for it, but are we really going to enjoy seeing his and his wife's lives, struggles, insecurities, and pers?onal finances dragged out before the world over some energy supplament company?
Some probably will. All I know is Mark Warner made his money by Congressional insider trading that is now (I believe) illegal and he's the most popular politician in the state, while Bob McDonnell stuck his hand in the cookie jar to get his wife some nice clothes and he could be going to the slammer.
Doesn't seem right.