Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Georgia Thompson is the new Lee Harvey Oswald

Xoff is up quickly with the official Dem spin on the Thompson verdict: She acted alone.

Sometimes you've got to take those lemons and make lemonade, but, in this case, it might be better to just change the subject. Thompson was not convicted of manipulating the process to get something for herself. She was convicted of manipulating the process to benefit the politicos to whom she reported.

The Dem spin is that she did it on spec, just like Sean Gismonte and Matthew Bevilaqua shooting Christopher Moltisanti near the Skyways Diner in Kearny. Just like Bevilaqua got wacked near that "George Washington slept here" house, Thompson's bold initiative went down in flames. Just like Ralphie Cifaretto Richie Aprile(the putative beneficiary of the Moltisanti shooting), Governor Doyle is "shocked, shocked" that anyone would do such a thing.

The problem with all that is the only way that the jury could have convicted Thompson is to believe the testimony that she repeatedly stated that her bosses wanted Adelman. If the jury didn't believe that, then there was absolutely no evidence that she acted for an improper purpose.

Of course, maybe she just imagined that her bosses wanted Adelman.

Or maybe smoke generally comes from fire.

Update: James Wigderson points out that the Moltisanti hit was on spec for Richie Aprile and not Ralphie Cifaretto. Its hard to keep all the wise guys who have slept with Janice straight.


James Wigderson said...

Actually, the perceived beneficiary was Richie Aprile, who was whacked by Janice after Aprile punched her in the mouth.

your Sopranos expert,

Rick Esenberg said...

I think you are right. I am mortified. But Richie and Ralphie seemed of a type to me.