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I’m Sure There’s An Entirely Innocent Explanation!

[ 201 ] April 20, 2017 |


Well, well, well:

I’m sure he’s just quitting to spend time with his lovingly crafted fanfic story of a young, impossibly handsome Utah Congressman whose dogged pursuit of the truth proves that President Killary Killinton personally ordered the Benghazi attack to cover up her plan to murder Seth Ric…er, family.

I also don’t think it’s exactly accurate to say that Chaffetz had a “thankless job.” It’s that he didn’t want to do his job because he’s a weaselly hack who put party over country, and he may well be leaving because he committed or covered up some very serious misconduct while doing so.


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  1. It has been speculated that he may also be resigning to run for governor in 2020; apparently he has already registered a domain for exactly this purpose. However, to paraphrase a (for some reason) Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, it is irresponsible not to speculate about whether there was a live boy, dead girl, farm animal, or treasonous Russian connection involved in his resignation.

    • Crusty says:

      Chaffetz for Prison in 2020!

    • CaptainBringdown says:

      It has been speculated that he may also be resigning to run for governor in 2020;

      This doesn’t really account for the haste of his departure.

      • Warren Terra says:

        Yeah, not running for re-election could be consistent with higher ambitions, but quitting his job really can’t.

        • N__B says:

          It worked for Sarah Palin…oh wait.

          • Palin never intended to run for higher office. She intended to make as much money as a grifter as possible by pretending she’d someday run for higher office. She was very, very successful at that.

          • GeorgeBurnsWasRight says:

            Now wait, she made it to the White House.

            Today, as Trump’s guest with Nugent and Kid Rock. Asked why those two, she said “Jesus wasn’t available.”

            No doubt Trump wanted to find out if Kid Rock could deliver on his song, “Cowboy”, which includes the line:
            Find West Coast pussy for my Detroit players

      • Crusty says:

        The correct way to do it is to completely neglect the public service job you already have while continuing to collect the attendant paycheck while you raise funds and run for the better job.

        • D.N. Nation says:

          Nice to see you here, Senator Rubio.

        • Warren Terra says:

          The true master of this was Mitt Romney, who spent most of his term as Massachusetts Governor out of the state not only campaigning for a better job but doing so by disparaging Massachusetts to anyone that would listen.

          • DonnaK says:

            As a former long-time Bay Stater (33 years), I could never understand our tendency to send Republican daddies to the State House. And Mitt was one lousy father.

            • FMguru says:

              It’s pretty typical of states dominated by one party to occasionally vote the executive chair to someone from the other party (usually running as an independent outsider on a reform/anticorruption platform) as a way to express their displeasure with The Machine.

          • Derelict says:

            At least Romney got the nomination (even if it was, as the inimitable Pierce stated, because “I’m Mitt Romney, bitches! And I’m all you’ve got!).

            Chris Christie, however, really took it to new, um, depths.

            • Warren Terra says:

              Romney didn’t get the nomination that cycle, though. He got it four years later, when he’d left office and had been living in New Hampshire for two years.

          • MAJeff says:

            The true master of this was Mitt Romney, who spent most of his term as Massachusetts Governor out of the state not only campaigning for a better job but doing so by disparaging Massachusetts to anyone that would listen.

            And, in particular, used anti-LGBTQ animus as a central feature of said disparagement.

            I truly despise that motherfucker.

      • Lost Left Coaster says:

        Exactly. Kind of reminds me of all the speculation when Sarah Palin resigned that she was doing it in preparation for her higher ambitions. But it turns out that she 1) was hopelessly corrupt and was going to have some major scandals bursting on her if she stayed in office, and 2) could not hack it at her position because it turns out that governing is hard.

        Chaffetz no doubt hits both of those points as well, plus much more.

        • It appears that Chaffetz’ only political talent may be showboating about BENGHAZI!!!11 and EMAILS!!!11 Without those considerations, he has no real purpose in life. I feel this merits the world’s saddest song on the world’s smallest violin. Truly my heart breaks.

        • Just_Dropping_By says:

          Chaffetz no doubt hits both of those points as well, plus much more.

          I agree that the resignation suggests corruption or other legal problems, but Chaffetz has already been through four re-election campaigns (first elected to house in 2008), so I’m kind of doubting the “could not hack it” factor played much of a role, especially given that it’s not even six full months past his last campaign.

        • FMguru says:

          My read of Palin was that, having tasted the good life and being at the peak of her popularity/public profile, she just couldn’t wait one extra minute before cashing in.

          Likewise, Chaffetz may have decided that he should cash in now and start earning and spending while he’s still young enough to appreciate it.

    • wengler says:

      Yes, he really needs a three and half year head start for that….

    • Cervantes says:

      I see no mutual exclusivity here.

    • DanaHoule says:

      If he’s running for governor it would be dumb to drop out now; he’d have far less leverage for fundraising if he can’t vote on anything.

      • aab84 says:

        Yeah, the “quit your elected position to start running years early” thing didn’t work out all that well for Sarah Palin.

        • Crusty says:

          I thought she quite her elected position to become a celebrity grifter?

        • The reasoning I heard is that with all the crappy votes coming up where the Republicans are getting squeezed from both the left and the right, it might be advantageous not to have much of a voting record in the Shitgibbon era. That said, the structural advantages for incumbents probably outweigh that. I’m not sure Chaffetz is insightful enough to recognize that, though.

          I suspect it’s either a scandal or the Fox News thing, but I’m not ruling anything out.

          • DW says:

            Particularly the structural advantages for a Republican in Utah.

          • Dennis Orphen says:

            Events can have multiple causes. I’d go for a little of all of the above, buffet style. Concerning the Russia connection, as I’ve said here before, I think the party as a whole is being blackmailed, individuals like Chaffetz haven’t commited the crimes the party in general is being blackmailed with, so running for other offices isn’t out of the question.

            • I’m almost certain the party as a whole is being blackmailed, or at least several key figures within it are. It’s been confirmed that the Russians got access to the Republicans’ emails as well as the Democrats’, but obviously they only released the Democrats’. What was in the Republicans’? We don’t really know, but given their history of using kompromat, it’s probably safe to conclude that there was incriminating evidence against a rather large number of significant party figures, as well as possibly the party as a whole.

              So the question is: just who was implicated, and how deep does the rabbit hole go? We don’t really have any way of knowing, but given what we already know, just about anyone within the party could plausibly be affected. Chaffetz might have been implicated, or maybe he’s simply seen that the rest of the party was and he personally wasn’t and wants out. I’m leading toward the former, but I’m not convinced either way. Another possibility is that he was under kompromat, then the U.S. intelligence figured it out (as twbb speculated below), and he no longer felt he had any incentive to continue doing the Kremlin’s bidding. Or possibly his actions already implicate him criminally and he doesn’t feel there’s any incentive to continue serving.

              We can’t really know. The fact that we can plausibly speculate about any of this, though, just goes to show how surreal our politics have become. If you’d written this as fiction a year ago, no one would have believed it, even if you’d pitched it as a satire.

              I think I’m going to go over to BJ and see what Adam Silverman thinks about this; he seems to know more about this kind of thing than almost anyone on the planet.

              • efgoldman says:

                Chaffetz might have been implicated, or maybe he’s simply seen that the rest of the party was and he personally wasn’t and wants out.

                If he’s in genuine legal trouble (rather than afoul of house ethics rules, joke though they are) quitting won’t help him.

                Meet you over there in a little while. We can have coffee.

                • Sadly, I haven’t seen Adam posting about this yet. Must be busy with something IRL. The thread was pretty interesting for awhile but devolved into a less interesting discussion because one of the commenters doesn’t understand that the Republicans have been playing Calvinball for more than two and a half decades.

        • keta says:

          Au contraire. It worked out splendidly for Palin. She had absolutely zero intentions of pursuing a higher office and she made gobs of money feigning that she one day would.

          However, I don’t think that’s behind Chaffetz’s move here. The whole thing smells of scandal, and only time will reveal all.

      • efgoldman says:

        it would be dumb to drop out now; he’d have far less leverage for fundraising if he can’t vote on anything.

        And far FAR less visibility. It will be really easy for the Utah electorate to forget who he is in the interim.

    • efgoldman says:

      It has been speculated that he may also be resigning to run for governor in 2020; apparently he has already registered a domain for exactly this purpose.

      The Occam’s politics explanation is that his wingnut welfare job is all lined up. But if that were so, both he and the welfare organization – Heritage or whatever – would have announced it.
      You you’re right: Irresponsible not to speculate.
      Whatever it is, I hope it’s indictable, or at least as disgusting as Diaper Dave or Persimmon Peepee.

  2. DamnYankees says:

    The only question here is what the scandal is – is it a personal scandal (e.g. affair) in which case who cares. Or is it a political scandal, in which case that’s more interesting.

    I hope its the latter but I’d put 85% odds on the former.

  3. twbb says:

    You don’t resign in 2017 to run for something in 2020. I’m wondering if the ethics investigation picked up something new. Chaffetz has a reputation of being particularly dim, even by modern GOP congressperson standards, so wonder if he walked into something blatantly illegal without realizing it.

    • Erik Loomis says:

      There are rumors floating around that he’s been having an affair with a woman for many years and it is going public

      • Scott Lemieux says:

        I’m sure he was scrupulously careful never to comment on Bill Clinton’s infidelities and how they proved that Hillary Clinton was unfit for office.

        • Crusty says:

          No hypocrisy at all. Chaffetz doesn’t think his mistress should be president either.

        • NonyNony says:

          Doesn’t matter – he’s from Utah. His chances of getting elected governor are pretty much torpedoed if this is true. (It wouldn’t stop Utahns from voting for him against a Dem, but it will cause many of them to not vote for him in the primary, which is the only election that really matters).

          In fact that’s why I would normally suspect that this isn’t the case and that there’s something less stupid going on. Because if you have a sex scandal and you’re from Utah the best approach is to hold your seat, keep getting re-elected (because even in Utah incumbency advantage should help you with that primary battle) and wait for people to “forgive you”. Resigning in a hurry is just stupid.

          But then I’ve been reliably informed that Jason Chaffetz is below the median when it comes to House member intelligence, so perhaps that’s all it is and he’s just making the worst tactical error he could possibly make.

          • corporatecake says:

            I have a suspicion Chaffetz is both too dim witted and too craven to sit tight and ride out a sex scandal.

          • cthulhu says:

            In fact that’s why I would normally suspect that this isn’t the case and that there’s something less stupid going on. Because if you have a sex scandal and you’re from Utah the best approach is to hold your seat, keep getting re-elected (because even in Utah incumbency advantage should help you with that primary battle) and wait for people to “forgive you”. Resigning in a hurry is just stupid.

            Well, it may be the person in question is in DC and his wife gave him an ultimatum: Come home permanently or I’ll be seeing you in divorce court.

            • Maybe it’s worse than that; maybe he’s having an affair with a Democrat.

              • DanaHoule says:

                White or non-white? Female or male?

                • I don’t have my chart with me, so I’m going to wing it and say non-white male?

                • Hogan says:

                  Serena Williams just announced that she’s pregnant. Coincidence?

                • N__B says:

                  Serena Williams just announced that she’s pregnant.

                  Serena Williams is five months pregnant and won the Australian Open three months ago. I think we have a new standard of toughness for athletes.

                • BigHank53 says:

                  Actually, the hormones associated with early pregnancy (before the fetus is making serious demands on the body) boost athletic performance significantly. It’s been rumored that it’s been used deliberately.

                • N__B says:

                  Without clicking, I know that’s another story about Bonds and McGwire.

                • efgoldman says:

                  Serena Williams just announced that she’s pregnant. Coincidence?

                  She has much, much higher standards than that

              • keta says:

                maybe it’s worse than worse than that; maybe it’s not a Democrat, but…Hillary!!!

                • farin says:

                  The obvious answer is that everything in Chaffetz’s professional life has been driven by his unrequited love of Hillary Clinton. The Benghazi farce was his excuse to go through her things and spend hours gazing at her in hearings, but he figured it would never keep her out of the White House. She was always going to come back.
                  Now that he realizes it’s never happening, and he’ll be spending his career in a Hillary-less DC, it all seems pointless and there’s no reason to go to work anymore. Even undermining national security and kicking the poor doesn’t do anything for him. What’s left but to go back to Utah and try to forget?

                • This is definitely the most amusing explanation I’ve heard and I’m going to have a hard time not believing it’s the truth going forward.

        • “I went home with the waitress,
          The way i always do
          How was I supposed to know,
          She was with the Russians too.”
          -Jason Chaffetz

      • twbb says:

        That’s just boring. I am disappointed.

      • Nathan Goldwag says:

        From your lips to God’s ears.

      • Cassiodorus says:

        Never knew the ladies were still into Jheri curls.

      • nemdam says:

        This may be just fevered imaginations, but I’m hearing that knowledge of the affair is held by the Russians to compromise him. No idea if it’s true, but given that he tag teamed with Comey to put Trump over the top, as our astute commenters are commenting, it would irresponsible not to speculate. Only question is why would the Russians release it now if this is true?

        • petesh says:

          It does not have to be the Russians releasing it. He may be hearing the baying of the hounds. Perhaps someone should have a quiet word with him about becoming a witness and all the advantages that has over doing hard time.

        • twbb says:

          It could be the US intelligence apparatus figured it out.

          • This actually strikes me as a plausible explanation. We already know the Russians obtained access to Republicans’ emails as well as Democrats’, and we haven’t heard too much about what they got from the GOP’s emails, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were using knowledge of things like this to blackmail GOP Congresscritters. If our intelligence services have figured some of this out, that would explain some events that otherwise don’t make a lot of sense. I still can’t figure out a sensible explanation for what the hell Nunes was doing with that late night White House visit, though.

            • petesh says:

              How about this? If the Russians did get something scurrilous about Chaffetz (not necessarily illegal; a long-standing affair would do), and mentioned it as an oh-by-the-way-to, say, Roger Stone (possibly using a cut-out), and then the Feds got Stone on tape talking about it with Page or Manafort … or, even better, got someone mentioning it directly to Chaffetz … the names and details could well be very different, but it’s this kind of loose end that might unravel the entire cloak of invisibility.

              (Oh, lord, I just had a vision of the King-Emporer’s New Clothes.)

      • Rob in CT says:


  4. jim, some guy in iowa says:

    I guess there’s no shortage of guys weasels like Chaffetz but good riddance just the same

  5. Crusty says:

    He’s coming out as a Weasel-American.

  6. brad says:

    Man, I almost feel like the planet is trying to give me lots of birthday presents this month in honor of me becoming an old soon. If Twin Peaks had been scheduled to start a month earlier I’d be certain of it.
    But lovely, I hope this doesn’t prevent whatever story is about to break about him from doing so.

    • twbb says:

      Maybe the Clintons really ARE criminal masterminds and are starting to disgrace their enemies.

      • I kind of hope Hillary has a list like Arya Stark’s, and that this is what is actually happening here.

        • Karen24 says:

          I would watch that show. I hope we don’t have to wait five years to see Steve “Ramsay Trump” Bannon eaten by dogs, though, and that the scene where Donald “Walder Frey” Trump buys it lasts longer than a couple of minutes.

          • I think we now need to cast Game of Thrones with figures from the 2016 election. I’m having a tough time coming up with the right ones, though.

            • wjts says:

              Clinton: Cersei (ask Maureen Dowd if you don’t believe me)
              Sanders: Stannis
              O’Malley: Second pikeman from the left

              • I feel like Clinton is kind of Daenerys (she has a legitimate claim that was stolen from her) and kind of Arya (because of the revenge list). Though actually Daenerys fits the revenge thing as well; she just doesn’t have a list. Stannis for Sanders makes sense. Also lol at the O’Malley one.

                • wjts says:

                  Like you say below, I don’t think there are a whole lot of good matches. Clinton doesn’t fit particularly well with any of the characters, honestly. Sanders/Stannis makes a little bit of sense if you squint.

                  Mostly I just wanted to make a joke about Martin O’Malley.

                • Personality-wise Daenerys probably is the closest fit: she clearly really does want to make things better for people, but she also clearly wants to do that by holding a position of power. There aren’t actually too many people like that in the show; for example, Jon Snow doesn’t even really care that much about holding power (he has to be talked into even running for Lord Commander), but simply wants to make people’s lives better. Arya doesn’t really care about holding power; she cares far more about getting revenge for her family. Robb also has to be talked into becoming king. And so on. Most of the other people who really want power aren’t presented very sympathetically. Daenerys is really the only one I can think of who is.

                • wjts says:

                  Maybe. But circumstances (wife of the former leader who wants power for herself) also fit Cersei. Or Stannis (logical/legitimate successor who got shoved aside). If it’s the latter, then Sanders either becomes Renley (popular, charismatic, beloved by the people) if you’re well-disposed to him or Balon (unpleasant marginal crank baselessly griping about being denied his rightful place in the sun) if you’re not. Like I say, I don’t think there are many good fits here.

                • The difference between Cersei and Hillary, of course, is that Hillary has benevolent intentions. And really, Daenerys also fits “wife of a former leader” because of Khal Drogo. So yeah, I’d consider Daenerys a much closer fit.

                  Renly kind of fits how I see Sanders, now that you mention him: he has benevolent intentions, but his ideology is rather shallow.

                • wjts says:

                  Daenerys’ plans to help people usually involve radical changes to society, which isn’t true of Clinton. And, yeah, Khal Drogo, but all the mapping here is to fit the war for the Iron Throne to the U.S. presidential election and Khal Drogo never ruled Westeros.

                  But Debbie Wasserman Schultz is totally Brienne of Tarth: widely disliked and bad at her job.

                • That’s a fair point, but a lot of those changes are to elements like slavery that simply aren’t even present in American society. Insofar as she fights forces like racism and patriarchy, she does map fairly closely to Clinton.

                  The point about the Iron Throne is well taken, though.

                  I like Brienne. :( She hasn’t always been good at her job, true, but she is at least extremely competent at fighting, and doesn’t get taken seriously enough at that because she’s a woman.

                • wjts says:

                  She hasn’t always been good at her job, true…

                  She has literally never been good at her job ever. Apart from being a woman in a masculine profession, it’s her most salient character trait.

                  Renly: You work for me now.

                  Brienne: I sure do, boss!

                  Renly: So don’t let anyone kill me. I cannot stress this point strongly enough.

                  Brienne: I sure won’t, boss!

                  [Renly is immediately killed by a shadow monster.]

                  Catelyn: You work for me now.

                  Brienne: I sure do, boss!

                  Catelyn: So take Jaime Lannister to King’s Landing. When you get there, exchange him for my daughters. On no account – and this is is important – should you let Jaime escape or be harmed, and you must bring my daughters back to me.

                  Brienne: I sure won’t and I sure will, boss!

                  [Jaime escapes and loses his hand; Sansa and Arya are not returned to their mother.]

                  Jaime: You work for me now.

                  Brienne: I sure do, boss!

                  Jaime: So I need you to find Sansa Stark. Let me be very clear here: the only way you’re going to be able to do that is by looking for her in the place she actually is, so please do that.

                  Brienne: I sure will, boss!

                  [Sansa goes to the Vale while Brienne assiduously searches every shithole from Crackclaw Point to the Riverlands.]

                  Lady Stoneheart: You work for me now.

                  Brienne: I sure do, boss!

                  Lady Stoneheart: So what I need you to do is to kill Jaime Lannister. Not wound him, not maim him, and most of all not not kill him. Make sure he dies.

                  Brienne: I sure will, boss!

                  [I think I can guess how this is going to go.]

                • To be fair, the Renly thing can’t really fairly be blamed on her. There was literally no way anyone could have expected a shadow monster to kill him; I don’t think anyone had seen that kind of magic in ages, if ever.

                  I also don’t remember the full circumstances behind the second example, but if I’m remembering correctly, I don’t think there was any realistic way she could’ve been able to guard Jaime from that many attackers; that seems like at least partially Catelyn’s fault for sending her with insufficient backup.

                  But that said, yeah, she does have a long history of failure. Combat seems to be one of the few things she’s really good at.

                • witlesschum says:

                  Brienne’s actual job is being a true knight, not the various impossible tasks she gets set to, and she does a great fucking job of that.

                  Seven, Brienne thought again, despairing. She had no chance against seven, she knew. No chance, and no choice.

                • Justin Runia says:

                  It’s not like the GoT books are really filled with winners…

            • Karen24 says:

              Yeah, having twenty-five Joffreys would be a rather boring show.

            • sibusisodan says:

              Mitch McConnell as Tywin Lannister?

              • I was thinking Littlefinger, as Tywin has too much charisma to be McConnell. But Littlefinger is kinda shifty, which makes him a good fit for Chaffetz, but Chaffetz isn’t politically savvy enough to be Littlefinger. This is why I’m having a tough time coming up with a definitive list.

                • Hmm… Varys for McConnell, maybe. Varys still has more charisma than McConnell, and at least continues to pretend his actions are for the good of the realm, which McConnell doesn’t even pretend to do. However, after Varys’ “heighten the contradictions” actions at the end of ADwD, his benevolence is harder to defend. They’re both quite politically savvy, and Varys is definitely creepy in a way that matches McConnell. Unless someone else can come up with a better fit, I think I’m gonna stick with this one.

                • rea says:

                  Everybody in GoT is far more competent than their Republican counterparts . . .

        • sibusisodan says:

          The woman would never get to sleep!

        • Pete says:

          That would be pretty awesome.

        • eclare says:

          Oh my god, yes. I am going to pretend that this is real, because it makes me so happy to think about.

        • CornFed says:

          If Trey Gowdy goes down soonish and next, I might begin to think you’ve got something here.

  7. Warren Terra says:

    Look, it's very simple and innocent - noble, even. After strong showings by Democrats in by-elections in Kansas's 4th and Georgia's 6th Congressional Districts, the Republicans found themselves needing a by-election guaranteed to be an absolute romp for the Republican candidate. Jason Chaffetz won his district by well over 50 points in 2016; upon realizing what he could do for the good of the Party, Chaffetz, as ever thinking only of the good of others, instantly stepped forward to lay down his career so Donald could get a few good headlines.

  8. Buggy Ding Dong says:

    It would be irresponsible NOT to speculate. So I’ve heard.

  9. Aimai says:

    Actually there’s a rumor on an (anti)Chaffetz Utah blog that he is resigning to take Bill O’Reilly’s job. Sad, sad, sad, day if true.

    • Nobdy says:

      I cannot believe this because Chaffetz has nothing to make him a good choice for television. Not attractive, not charismatic….nothing.

      Who the hell would even watch?

      • Ahenobarbus says:

        Also, Tucker Carlson has already been given O’Reilly’s time slot.

      • To be fair, O’Reilly isn’t attractive either, but I guess his blustery persona could be considered to have a certain amount of charisma to it. Can’t imagine Chaffetz being able to pull off that kind of thing.

        If Carlson has already been given his time slot, that kinda sinks that rumour, I guess.

        • Gabriel Ratchet says:

          He does have that “blue-collar rustbelt blowhard having a beer and a shot at the local American Legion post” affect that I imagine a fair chunk of his audience find easy to identify with. God knows what that same audience will think of a pencil-necked dweeb like Carlson though.

          • Yeah, I don’t see Carlson having the same kind of appeal to O’Reilly’s audience that O’Reilly had (to be clear, I judge anyone who finds O’Reilly appealing harshly, but I at least more or less comprehend the factors that made him appealing to them).

            Then again, maybe they don’t want to appeal to O’Reilly’s audience. What I’ve heard about James Murdoch in particular makes that actually seem somewhat plausible; he seems to want to take the company away from the hard-right line Ailes took to a somewhat less extreme, more genteel direction. I greatly dislike Carlson as well, but he definitely isn’t as blustery as O’Reilly, so perhaps that’s the reasoning behind it.

            As an aside, I love your screen name, which I take to be a reference to Gabriel-era Genesis.

      • efgoldman says:

        Chaffetz has nothing to make him a good choice for television. Not attractive, not charismatic….

        Punchable in the extreme. I’d watch just to see if the stage manager or someone punched him out.

    • tsam says:

      I guess Fox needs their own Joe Scarborough. HEY, I WAS THERE MAN AND THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS WORSE THAN HITLER

  10. thebewilderness says:

    Hatch is ill and they are going to appoint this evil man to his seat. That was the worst thing I could think of. Second worst is Trump giving him power over citizens and federal employees by appointing him king of Utah.

  11. kped says:

    Opening on the Fox schedule, this weasel could fit right in over there. Better than being blasted every day for not doing his oversight job.

  12. Perazzi-man says:

    The ride it out theory worked only once for David Vitter.

    • Pat says:

      And he was representing Louisiana, not Utah.

    • SamInMpls says:


      Vitter wasn’t the first or the last.

      Freedom Caucus member Scott DesJarlais is a great example. In 2012 he admitted under oath to six sexual relationships with people he came in contact with while he was chief of staff at Grandview Medical Center. Two of those people were patients. He also admitted that he pressured his mistress to have an abortion. After admitting all this he went on talk radio and asked Christians to forgive him. He was re-elected in 2014 and 2016.

      • There was also Mark “Hiking the Appalachian Trail” Sanford, who currently holds a Congressional seat in South Carolina.

        That said, none of those people are from Utah, so I don’t know if this will hold with the Mormons. They are actually far less fond of the shitgibbon than they are of most Republicans, and a large part of this seems to have been because of his sexual misconduct.

  13. It may be as prosaic as him having planned to spend four years investigating President Hitlery and using that as a springboard to the White House and realizing that four years of Trump meant sidestepping and sabotaging investigations into his misdeeds; a necessary job, and fitting for a lowly apparatchik, but well below Li’l Jason’s ambitions.

  14. Harry Hamid says:

    If there’s one thing I have learned from reading about politics for so long, it’s that when things are going really well for them and their career, politicians often decide to quit to spend more time with their family.

    It’s like when Joe Scarborough’s intern died in his office and he immediately decided to spend more time with his family by taking a job 250 miles farther away from them.

  15. burnspbesq says:

    Did he fail to file a CTR for the cash payment to the Florence Crittenton Center?

  16. So, some speculation I’ve seen via BJ comment threads and Twitter:

    1. He was involved in cutting funds to Benghazi security explicitly with the specific intention of making Hillary look bad; Russians have kompromat on this
    2. He has been having an affair, and Russians also have kompromat on this
    3. Ongoing investigation into dark money/campaign finance fraud.
    4. Chaffetz has friend at FBI who told him this info would become public soon. FBI also appear to have figured out the kompromat issue. (Louise Mensch appears to have had info suggesting this last week. She may be a bit of a crackpot – she’s said she believes Putin murdered Breitbart, for example – but she does appear to have pretty good sources for stuff she’s willing to state as fact rather than belief, and she also appears to be willing to admit when she’s wrong. Eichenwald has some kooky beliefs too but still does good reporting.)

    Dunno what to think, but the kompromat/FBI explanation is sounding more and more plausible. Really want to see what Adam Silverman says about all of this, but I haven’t seen him weigh in on the BJ thread yet.

    • Ahenobarbus says:

      I don’t put a lot of stock in that BJ thread. People starting to get a bit conspiratorial.

      Every theory seems to have some “sources” which only makes me distrust them all. Surely they aren’t all correct.

      • I’m not sure how much I buy any of it, either. The idea that there is some form of kompromat on Chaffetz seems reasonable, though. It is, at least, an established fact that the Russians obtained access to the Republicans’ emails, and there was no doubt dirt on key figures within the Republican leadership within them. The Russians also have a lengthy history of using kompromat on figures within other countries.

        That said, none of these sources actually seem to contradict each other; it’s certainly possible that the Russians have kompromat on Chaffetz from more than one angle. Indeed, if they do, that could have made their hold on him even stronger.

        But until any of this is officially confirmed, we won’t know for sure. The way Chaffetz was closely involved with the Comey letter, though, makes me suspect that he may have been coordinating with the Shitgibbon campaign in some fashion, which makes me further suspect the kompromat angle, because at this point it’s pretty clearly established that the Shitgibbon campaign was working with the Russians in some fashion or other. My instinct is to suspect that the Russians may have intended Chaffetz to try to sabotage investigations into this, and at some point something broke where he could no longer credibly do this. Probably the FBI thing.

        All of this could be wrong, though. There isn’t really enough information available yet for people outside the IC to know for sure.

        • Ahenobarbus says:

          Kompromat on an affair is possible, though it’s more likely IMO that an affair has been exposed for another reason.

          Campaign finance fraud? Sure, although I hadn’t heard any news of an investigation.

          Benghazi security angle sounds seriously strained to me. There are some suggesting that all of Benghazi was a setup. I’d hold Chaffetz accountable for negligence in embassy security, but that’s not going to cause a resignation.

          • Negligence alone wouldn’t cause a resignation, no. The speculation seems to be that the decrease in embassy security was deliberately intended to discredit Clinton, and that there is evidence proving this. I presume it’s from the Russians’ email file, but I suppose there are other ways they could have known this as well. In any case, proof of deliberate sabotage is definitely much more incriminating than mere negligence, particularly since Americans literally died as a result.

            I hadn’t heard anything about campaign finance before, either, but apparently the source was one of Chaffetz’ own staffers, so unless the reporter is just making things up, it seems like a credible explanation. This one doesn’t actually seem to have a Russian kompromat connection, though it is possible that there were Russian connections in his finances.

      • randy khan says:

        People starting to get a bit conspiratorial.

        I’d probably say “hopeful,” rather than “conspiratorial.”

    • nemdam says:

      I’m reading the same stuff you are and believe the Russia story is the biggest scandal in American history. But that doesn’t mean some of the things getting thrown out there shouldn’t be met with a very skeptical eye. The kompromat on the affair seems believable but I’m gonna need to see some solid evidence before I even entertain these other accusations. I’m actually getting pretty tired of all these people saying they have “sources” that confirm every fantasy Trump’s opposition could imagine. At some point, there needs to be some hard evidence to back up all these explosive claims before I completely lose trust. Then again, these people have been more right than any would’ve expected 6 months ago, and all the various “sources” keep telling them the same thing.

      • Right, it’s because so much of the reporting on kompromat has turned out to be credible that I continue to be willing to entertain it. If it didn’t keep panning out, I wouldn’t be willing to assign it this much credibility. At this point, it’s pretty clearly established that (1) the Russians have a very deep kompromat file, probably including a gigantic dump of emails from a vast number of influential Republicans, and that (2) the Shitgibbon campaign and their associates are very deeply incriminated in collusion with Russia. It’s because of this that the continued reporting on kompromat continues to seem worth taking seriously. Otherwise it’d probably be in Alex Jones-level conspiracy theory territory.

        I suspect that not all of the speculation about Chaffetz’ resignation will pan out, but I do suspect that at least one of the causes already being reported may turn out to be true. I’m most inclined to favour either the campaign finance story or one of the kompromat elements (or both), but we’ll see, I guess.

        • nemdam says:

          I forgot to add in assisting the conspirators claims, such as Louise Mensch, if this were really just a racket, I doubt they would all blow the credibility they’ve recently gained with such ridiculous claims. The claims won’t all pan out, but if they are completely off the mark, a lot of people who have gained a large following in past 6 months are at risk seeing it all evaporate if this is just hot air. Since there are real stakes involved, it makes it harder to completely dismiss the claims.

          But then again, the fact that LGM hasn’t devoted every front page post to this story makes me believe Russia has kompromot on them. (1/673)

        • efgoldman says:

          it’s because so much of the reporting on kompromat has turned out to be credible that I continue to be willing to entertain it.

          He’s not resigning because he’s tired, or because he’s ineffective, or because he wants to spend the proverbial time, or because he’s got a wingnut welfare job. Any of those would be part of the announcement.
          He’s slinking out of DC under cover of leaks, innuendo and speculation. Whatever it is, it’s not anything he’s proud of, and it IS something he feels would croak his career when and if it comes out. Which it will, because the world is like that now.

    • PunditusMaximus says:

      The only problem with all of the above is that Republicans don’t care about any of it.

      • Republicans in general? Maybe not. Utah is a unique case, though. Mormons are different from your average right-wing Christians. The shitgibbon lost a lot of support with Mormons because of the Access Hollywood tape, while most right-wing Christians didn’t care. Note that Utah was far closer in last year’s presidential election than it usually is (admittedly, 2012 was an outlier because Romney is a Mormon, but even compared to other years it was close); the Mormons didn’t forget about that tape as much as everyone else did. If Chaffetz had an affair, that would genuinely hurt him in Utah, while it wouldn’t in other parts of the country. (There are parts of Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona where such things would also be harmful; these states also have fairly large Mormon populations, though not as large as Utah’s.)

        And deliberate sabotage that deliberately leads to Americans’ deaths is quite possibly a career-killer anywhere in the country, even if it was done to try to harm Hillary Clinton. If there’s solid proof of that, his career may be done for good.

    • JR in WV says:

      Ya know, Adam does have a real life job, that takes up time. And dogs, too, which CAN take up a lot of time, when they do really doggy things.

      Plus all that martial arts stuff… and the gym.

  17. JDM says:

    I would’ve been happy to thank him if he’d done his job.

    Just after I recovered from fainting from shock.

  18. tsam says:

    I think he’s noticed that vehicle with plates from the Russian consulate one too many times to be coincidence…

  19. revrick says:

    I think there are two possibilities here, linked by the looming potential loss of the House.
    First, there will be a lot of ex-Congress critters seeking employment as lobbyists. It always helps to be first in line.
    Second, if the GOP loses the House, then Nancy Pelosi would say one thing to Elijah Cummings : kill. Imagine the investigations! And poor Jason would be trapped in the unenviable position of defending the indefensible, and getting tainted by the process.

  20. cleek says:

    he’s taking Bill O’s slot on Fox “News”.

  21. kvs says:

    One wonders when Nunes will fall on his sword, as well.

  22. Origami Isopod says:

    Aw, be nice to Jase. He’s “been given more enemas by more people over the last eight years than you can possibly imagine.”

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