the CAMP ENRON Report

... gateway to the next Progressive Era?

Some say it's nothing but a train wreck ... roll in the big cranes, clear the track, see what the crew's been smoking. If I thought so, I'd not be writing this ... and if they thought so, they'd not be drumming so hard.

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free agent, loose cannon, pointy stick ... taking an imposing analytic toolkit out of the box, over the wall and into the street ... with callous disregard for accepted wisdom and standard English

reading the tea leaves from original angles, we've led with uncannily prescient takes on the federal surplus, the dotcom crash, the "Energy Crisis", the Afghan campaign, the federal deficit.

More where those came from ... stay tuned.

For brief orientation, see this
Welcome to CP

... gateway to the next Progressive Era?

For a brief orientation, see this
Welcome to Camp Enron

Many thanks to Tony Adragna and Will Vehrs, still shouting 'cross the Potomac at QuasiPundit. Early Camp Enron material can be found in QP's Dispatches department.
Saturday, July 13, 2002

--- Harken, Darken, Spoil and Starken ---

Fully vetted? Arf! Arf! The Harken Energy plot thickens. Not the way a DNC plot doctor would write it. More the way Shakespeare would have done.
This is the news: he fishes, drinks, and wastes
The lamps of night in revel; ...
Vouchsafed to think he had partners: you shall find there
A man who is the abstract of all faults ...

His faults in him seem ... hereditary,
Rather than purchased; what he cannot change,
Than what he chooses.

(Anthony and Cleopatra)
Considering the incidence of Bad Apple encounters here in the Haunted Forest, scandal-hounds should be suspicious of low-hanging fruit. If it looks too good to be true, maybe it is. Scandal ordinaire is political chumpbait no matter how it plays out ... focus on tectonic shift, not partisan cheapshots. Yes, revenge is sweet ... and sweet is fattening. Stay in shape for the triathalon.

Harken offers a near-perfect object lesson in Kinsley's Law: the real scandal is what's legal. The story combines a remarkable array of corrupt and abusive practices in one neat package. Assets and authorities tendered for one purpose were persistently diverted to other agendas, in both commercial and political spheres. Harken shouts a potent counterpoint to the administration line that what's needed is tougher enforcement of existing laws ... and it's not about to pipe down.

If I read the earmarks right, GWB may have been no more than a pawn is a game that was in turn a pawn in another game. Either way it's a great case study in School for Scandal.

Note well: the late-filed after-sale report looks innocent and inconsequential. It may be anything but.

And who's that shadowy figure lurking in the weeds? Could it be that black sheep of the Bass family, Big Mouth Billy Bass? Stay tuned ... the opera ain't over 'til the bass baby sings.