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A Profile in Courage

October 20th, 2009 by MarkTwain · No Comments

Reports have confirmed that Joe Bindbeutel was summoned to the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday evening to be fired. Our sources tell us that when Governor Nixon’s close friend from law school arrived, the Governor didn’t even want to come down from the private residence to fire him.  Instead, Nixon’s Chief of Staff John Watson and General Counsel Ted Ardini were on hand to fire Bindbeutel.

Missouri politicos keep saying that Nixon appears to be loyal to no one and will throw anyone under the bus to save himself.  His actions during the E. Coli investigation certainly reinforce his reputation as an unapologetic political opportunist – not once has HE taken responsibility, instead choosing to pass the buck.

That’s the story of our governor – a real profile in courage.

Speaking of courage – few in the press have been able to summon enough to look into this event or other episodes of irresponsible behavior by the Nixon administration, either out of fear of or devotion to Nixon. Will Chad Livengood be the only reporter to do REAL investigative reporting, or will others, including “Baghdad” Tony Messenger, work to hold Nixon accountable? It is clear that Bindbeutel wasn’t the sole bad apple in Nixon’s administration.

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