Just as bad, really

No one should be surprised that Terry McAuliffe, the Dem operative who managed to become governor of Virginia, asked for and got special treatment from Homeland Security:


Not long before he became governor of Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe received special treatment on behalf of his electric-car company from a top official at the Department of Homeland Security, according to a new report from the department’s inspector general.McAuliffe was among several politically powerful individuals from both parties, including Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), seeking special visas for foreign investors through a program administered by the department. But intervention on behalf of McAuliffe’s GreenTech Automotive company by Alejandro Mayorkas, now the department’s No. 2 official, “was unprecedented,” according to the report.The long-anticipated report found no evidence of law-breaking. But members of the department’s staff perceived Mayorkas’s actions as “politically motivated,” and the report concluded that he had “created an appearance of favoritism and special access.”

Both parties did it, the Washington Post assures us. Here’s the funny thing, though — if you read through the article, they can’t name a Republican who did benefit. About 23 paragraphs into the article, after we learn about favors for McAuliffe, Reid and longtime Pennsylvania politico Ed Rendell, we get this:

In addition to McAuliffe, Mississippi Republicans also pressed DHS officials for more rapid approval of the visas.

Pressing and getting are two different things, of course.