In Kansas, the political landscape continues to get more bizarre. To bring you up to date, a few years back Attorney General, Phill Kline, announced an investigation into whether abortion clinics are in violation of the state’s child sexual abuse reporting laws and the state’s regulations involving late-term abortion. In response, Kansas filled up with high-dollar legal talent from out-of-state pro-abortion groups and they brought with them the knowledge that whatever money is needed, is available. Despite that, however, as the legal machinations ebbed to and fro, it was clear that things could go badly for them.
When Kline indicted notorious late-term abortionist, George “The Killer” Tiller, on 30 criminal charges, the district attorney in Sedgewick County, Nola Foulston, was able to pull a legal maneuver to get the charges dismissed. As an outspoken proponent of legalized abortion and a personal friend of Tiller’s, Foulston was simply doing what any other corrupt political puppet of the abortion lobby would be expected to do. But everyone knew that this “fix” was only temporary. The charges could be refiled at any time and in a way that would be insulated from Foulston. This meant that Tiller, not to mention his competitors at Planned Parenthood, were still in trouble.
Cue Paul Morrison, the district attorney in Johnson County. Bankrolled with hundreds-of-thousands of dollars from his good friend, George Tiller, Morrison ran against and defeated Klein for re-election. Then, to no one’s surprise, he immediately fired the special prosecutor Kline had appointed to pursue the investigation of Tiller and Planned Parenthood.
The message was clear: when the Kansas abortion mafia buys a politician, they expect results. And the Foulston/Morrison gang did not disappoint. But unfortunately for them, the matter did not end there. Currently, a citizen-led grand jury has been seated to investigate the charges and that panel operates outside the influences of people like Nola Foulston and Paul Morrison.
Meanwhile, the story takes a new twist. It seems that Morrison has been, shall we say, fishing off the company pier. He has now been charged with sexual harassment stemming from an extramarital affair he admitted he had with one of his employees in the Johnson County district attorney’s office. Linda Carter, the office’s director of administration, revealed extensive details about their two-year relationship that, as might be expected, are juicy enough to fire-up a Jerry Springer audience. She also says that the affair continued after Morrison was elected Attorney General and that he pressured her to use her position in the D.A.’s office to influence pending litigation involving Phill Kline. She refused. Apparently, despite whatever personal warts she may have, Linda Carter is no Nola Foulston.
Like most Americans, I have some profound reservations about the broad definitions of sexual harassment used in our society today. Many of them have been so preposterous that they cause people to see the entire issue of sexual harassment as nonsensical. The effect of that has been to diminish the validity of claims made by people who truly are victims.
Having said that, it appears that Ms. Carter may have initially resisted Morrison’s advances and only succumbed after repeated pressure. If it turns out that she finally gave in simply because she thought a little roll in the hay might be fun, she has no claim to victim status. However, if she gave in because she had a legitimate reason to believe that not doing so would affect her employment, then the relationship was less an affair than it was a capitulation. Time will tell if that was the situation but, if it was, then Morrison is in over his head.
It is also coming out that Morrison has a history of this sort of thing. That, coupled with Carter’s claim that Morrison leaned on her to influence litigation involving Kline, raises two interesting issues.
First, this case puts those leftist groups who inevitably take the side of any woman who raises sexual harassment claims between a rock and a hard place. Although this story has exploded across Kansas, these groups have remained uncharacteristically silent. They have apparently figured out that it would be dicey for them to assert that Ms. Carter is telling the truth about the sexual harassment but lying when she says that her pro-choice harasser committed a crime to protect the abortion industry. So their response has been to just punt and let Ms. Carter take her chances under the bus.
Second, I have always speculated that the abortion industry keeps files on its high-profile customers–especially politicians–that could be used to “keep them in line” in the future. If a customer is a publicly known woman, or says she is pregnant by a publicly known man, or is the daughter/wife/granddaughter of a public family, etcetera, evidence of an abortion would be good leverage to keep on hand. Bill Clinton could be a perfect example of what I am talking about. During his presidency, even his admirers complained that he was not always loyal to the people and special interest groups who helped put him in office. The sole exception to this is the abortion lobby. For eight years, this was the only constituency he never once double-crossed.
Consider that fact within the context of Clinton’s history. Gennifer Flowers always maintained that, in 1977, Clinton gave her $200 to have an abortion. Clinton denied that the abortion occurred and, in fact, denied that he even had an affair with Flowers. When that turned out to be a lie, it is certainly no stretch to then conclude that his denial of the abortion was also untrue. Given what we now know about this guy, it is also no stretch to speculate that Flowers’ abortion was not the only one. To the contrary, the smart money would be that his political career was salvaged more than once when one of his babies was snuffed-out at some abortion clinic.
It is also perfectly reasonable to assume that (a) the files associated with whatever abortions Clinton may have been responsible for are sitting in the desk of a Washington, DC, abortion-industry lobbyist and (b) Slick Willy understood that any betrayal of their agenda by him could result in these files ending up on some reporter’s desk.
This same phenomenon may explain the abysmal level of corruption we’ve seen when it comes to George Tiller, Planned Parenthood and anyone else involved with the Kansas abortion lobby. Simply put, their influence is far more broad and deep than could be reasonably expected in a middle-America state. I guess you could say that when it comes to Kansas politicians, the abortion cartel knows where the skeletons are buried. After all, they helped to bury them.