SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.
Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media, and as it was becoming clear that her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. It turns out that Blum also holds large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases—often without the benefit of competitive bidding—to the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as the system of medical care for veterans collapsed on his wife's watch.
It should be noted, though, that as of this moment, the only "media" covering the story is "Metroactive", and a few blogs.
Regardless, I think it is important that the left start thinking up the excuses as to why this is a non-story. "Everybody does it" is always handy."I didn't hear about that" can work in a pinch. Of course, you can always blame it on "The Vast Right-Wing Smear Machin."
I think my personal favorite, though, is to simply say that the story is being trotted out as distraction. "The LOOK A SHINY NEW PENNY Deflection" excuse, the subtext being that it is a non-story, and just a deflection from some TRULY-true RETHUGLIAN wrong-doing.