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STFU, McInnis

This is Dark Cloud on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.

Nobody in their right mind would contend that one political party was composed of more honest people than the other. The list of adulterous hedonists and personal hypocrites would subsume any such idiocy should it arise. But the Republican Party loves to live on the hill in a glass house, or Crystal Cathedral, and posture as the grouping of Real Christian Americans and the most Patriotic political organization. So when one of their own blunders badly, it's more fun than a Democrat found in bed with an aged stripper, because hey, you're either a Democrat or you're not.

Chickenhawk Scott McInnis, a former Congressman and police officer from Grand Junction, was widely considered the front runner for the GOP nomination to lose to John Hickenlooper in the race for Governor this November. But McInnis was just recently outed for plagiarism - substantial plagiarism - in a series of unimportant papers called Musings on Water for the Hasan Family foundation. This, atop his loss to Tea Party Chickenhawk and Professional Christian Don Maes at the generally unimportant caucuses, which weakened his image, although he had national backing and more money for the campaign.

The Hasan Family Foundation originated with the same Pakistani immigrants who founded Muslims for Bush, a defunct organization that led to its rebranding as Muslims for America. Keep that in mind. The supposed non-partisan Hasans hired Scott McInnis as he left Congress in 2004 to write a series of articles on Colorado's, and specifically southern Colorado's, relationship with water which, despite its origin here, is sometimes viewed as not ours. In 2010, these musings were put up on the Foundation website, at which point it was noticed that they bore a sparkling resemblance to previous aquatic musings written fifteen years before McInnis' offering, and the author was now a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Supposedly hired for his expertise on Colorado water, McInnis revealed that he'd hired someone to do the research, an activity that does not explain how word for word and plainly stolen material appeared under McInnis' name, unless he didn't write it either. Given he was paid $300k for original work, this is theft.

McInnis tried to blame the researcher, who is having none of it, and then McInnis said it was unimportant, anyway. His supporters in the GOP are not willing to enter the fall campaign with that bag of rotting meat to explain, and while the Democrats - true to form - noted that McInnis was clearly revealed as not worthy of office, the Republicans, despite recent practice, don't know how to play this.

McInnis, standing in a steadily increasing pool of his own political blood, achingly lifted his gaze to receding grapes and feigned long suffering when yesterday the Denver Post uncovered other examples of plagiarism in speeches and works. These wouldn't stand on their own, being utilitarian boilerplate phrasings, but in aggregate with the blatant stealing they make the GOP look bad for foisting this guy as a candidate for Governor. That aside, how come nobody at the Hasan Foundation noticed that musings on this important but recondite subject was by someone else? It's not like tens of thousands of academic papers on Colorado water appear annually, though they probably should.

This all has the impression that the Hasan Family concocted a gossamer job for McInnis, in 2004 a recently retired Congressman of party regard, to have income while he adjusted back to the private sector, which he did with a law firm. His two year fellowship with the Hasan Foundation at $150k a year did not, apparently, inspire anyone to actually read his product, and there is argument between the parties today as whether it was just a rough draft. If any knowledgeable person had read McInnis' work, surely they would have also read that of Justice Hobbs' and noted the similarities sometime in the five year period. And would they have paid out $300k for something they hadn't read and was, as the purported author now claims, merely a rough draft three years after his Fellowship ended?

Do these tax free foundations really do anything but provide cushy incomes for favored politicians between elections for repay later? Is the stuff they produce substantially nothing but garbage or stolen reprints? That's a question for the Hasans as well as the Coors Center for Conservative Catholic Chickenhawks down in Golden, often called the Independence Institute for those with no sense of irony.

Because really, the difference between Ward Churchill's frauds and McInnis' is not vast at this point, with both working for nfp's and being paid for their deceptions. And, worth remembering, at least Ward Churchill served in the military, although he lied about that as well.