Jon Keeling (R-VA) really is a stupid person.  He seems to care more about where stories are placed, than what they actually have to say or the historical significance of such stories.

Take his post about Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch story.  He spends the entire post talking about where it was posted than what it says.  He doesn’t even include a link to the story.  And for good reason, because if anyone actually read the story, Keeling would realize just how far the Dispatch‘s thinking on the whole silly “Tobaccogate” story has come in the last few months.

Yesterday’s Dispatch story was the first time I can recall that any newspaper has ever openly questioned the conclusions of an investigation by the Inspector General.  And it’s conclusions are hardly the stuff that should make Keeling happy.

The article practically mocks Charles’ assertion that the Director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety lied under oath was an “inescapable conclusion.”  In fact, the central tenent of Charles’ conclusion–that the “sting” was scaled back due to political concerns– was charitably characterized by the Dispatch as:

Politics at work – or not?”

“Evidence for why the original operation was aborted is much less direct.”

In other words, it’s pretty weak tea to make such an accusation.  Again, the Inspector General has never been subject to this level of health skepticism before.

The article goes on to note the rather biased and angry tone the Inspector General’s investigators took during their witness interviews before it ends with this misleading quote from Thomas Charles:

Never one time, not one time, did I ever try to influence anybody or speak on her behalf to be the colonel of the Highway Patrol. Never one time,” Charles said.

And that is technically true.  Charles never lobbied the Administration to promote his wife, but her boss, and then proceeded to do an investigation that targeted his chief rival for the post.

Regardless, “Clueless” Keeling, who just a month ago was saying this would result in Kent Markus going to prison and that there was no way this was tobacco, is missing the boat yet again.  When the one newspaper that was promoting this story the hardest before the Inspector General’s report starts to distance themselves, take the hint.  The focus of the story has become Thomas Charles, and it’s pretty clear that he’s promoting conclusions that overreach what he actually found.

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