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What Bob McDonnell should have known about Fred Malek

Virginia's Bob McDonnell really knows how to hurt a guy. I was frankly stunned to hear the governor say this week on WTOP radio that he didn't know that Fred Malek, whom he appointed to chair a government reform commission, had been given, and had complied with, a patently anti-Semitic order from a paranoid Richard Nixon to count the Jews in high-ranking posts in the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

McDonnell also seems to have been unaware of the fines levied against Malek and his company, Thayer Capital Partners and two Thayer affiliates, by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2004. The SEC charged Malek and his companies with failing to disclose side deals that they made to retain and pay a friend and political supporter of the Connecticut Treasurer who placed state pension investments in Malek's company. Malek and his company didn't admit or deny the SEC's findings, but they did pay a total of $250,000 in fines.

I wrote about both events in Saturday columns four years ago. ["Fred Malek, then and now” and "Fred Malek, a dog and the SEC”]

McDonnell at the time was Virginia's attorney general.

What this episode tells me -- as the Post well knows – is that Saturdays are the smallest readership day of the week. Moreover, as some of my critics like to assert, what I write is hardly noticed. That certainly must apply to Northern Virginia's most prominent native son and now Old Dominion Gov. Bob McDonnell.

And that, perhaps, is the unkindest cut of all.

By Colbert King  | May 26, 2010; 5:08 PM ET
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Comments

Mr. King, I applaud your sardonic wit and your appropriate use of satire. Too bad the subject matter is so alarming.

Posted by: pepperjade | May 26, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

So the collection of leftists, communists, socialists, elitists and statists selected by Obama, many of whom have the title Czar in front of their names, passes unnoticed to you? If you want to find the real pond scum in government look no further than many of Obama's appointments.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 26, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Malek??? Hmmm, what kind of name is that? Sounds a little 'suspect' to me. Better get him on the 'list' just to be safe.

Posted by: thebobbob | May 26, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Never mind. We read your columns. :)

As for McDonnell, perhaps he thinks using Google is Un-American, since it didn't exist during the Confederacy.

Posted by: kejia32 | May 26, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Colbert King, the Post's last columnist actually interested in local matters, apparently realized that throwing around charges of racism and anti-semitism is the way to get people to read his columns.

Yes, Saturday columns aren't read as much, but until King called all Tea Party members racists a few weeks ago, he was the last honest journalist on these pages. This column is sad -- let Gene Robinson rake the muck, King: you're better than this.

Posted by: diehardlib | May 26, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Most of Mr. Malek's presidential cohort is six feet under. Texas paroles murderers in a shorter time period.

http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/bpp/publications/PIT_english.indd%2008-22-2008.pdf

Let us be at least this clement with respect to acts that do not physically harm humans. By contrast, how is Pat Buchanan so able to earn huge money as a spokesman for some sort of reasoned position?

Posted by: Martial | May 26, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Just more "get Bob McDonnell" crap from the Post as predictable. Bob McDonnell walks on water in Central Virginia.

BTW, Gov. McDonnell will not be involved in shady tax credit deals or release of double murderers like Tim Kaine.

Posted by: hz9604 | May 26, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

There you go again...Mr. King...talking out loud about stuff like this...it ain't fitin' Keep on truckin'

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | May 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Malek was just following orders. He is a yes man, part and parcel of the good old boys network that plagues the right and the left. That is what really makes him scary.

Posted by: maddymappo | May 26, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

It is amazingly classic: Minorities members are ferocious taletellers.
Here you have, a black, defending Jewish.
OMG!

Posted by: SouthStar | May 26, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

It is very naive and stupid to think that we can tolerate people who hate Mexicans and expect that Jews will continue to be exempt. The genie of hatred cannot be put back in the bottle so easily.

If we allow states like Arizona to get away with passing racist, police state immigration laws that have at least some resemblance to Nazi legislation ("Wo sind Ihre Papiere?", "Papers, please"), is it any surprise that Jews, the all time favorites, will also start to reappear on the list of people who are the targets of hate?

Posted by: algasema1 | May 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, you know Mr. King, Jew counting has always been all the rage among the Christians. Malek is hardly exceptional in this. Read the WaPo threads. What distinguishes him, of course, as that along with his comrades he broke the law. I suppose that should count for something.

In the meantime, I'm wondering, having done some counting of my own, why in this secular country, the Executive Branch, the Judiciary, and the Congress, are so overrun with Christians. And then there are the states and all the Maleks (or is it Moloch?).

I'm jes' sayin'

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | May 26, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

What did Nixon do with this information? I want to read about this story. I came looking for scandal and found one measly, oblique paragraph, and an article as long as an email. What's up with that?


Posted by: Matthew_DC | May 26, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Malek is also known as the author of the "Malek Manual", full of suggestions on how the President's men might get around regulations in order to pack the civil service with Nixon loyalists. The Bush-Cheney administration was simply a rerun of Nixon's in this respect: - Andrew Jackson's "victors get the spoils" with lipstick and a perm. Nixon probably equated Jews and Democrats.

I expect Virginia will have with a great surplus of Regent and Liberty Baptist alums in government rather quickly, all nice and legal-looking, as with Bush-Cheney.

Posted by: jpk709 | May 26, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Malek is also known as the author of the "Malek Manual", full of suggestions on how the President's men might get around regulations in order to pack the civil service with Nixon loyalists. The Bush-Cheney administration was simply a rerun of Nixon's in this respect: - Andrew Jackson's "victors get the spoils" with lipstick and a perm. Nixon probably equated Jews and Democrats.

I expect Virginia will have with a great surplus of Regent and Liberty Baptist alums in government rather quickly, all nice and legal-looking, as with Bush-Cheney.

Posted by: jpk709 | May 26, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Matthew_DC

What did Nixon do with this information? I want to read about this story. I came looking for scandal and found one measly, oblique paragraph, and an article as long as an email. What's up with that?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
"What did Nixon do with this information?"
Have you been under a rock these last few days? He demoted Jews, what do you think?
Duh. I can't paste links here, but the following is from SLATE.

Use google.

From SLATE: "Nixon's Jew Count: the Whole Story!"

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | May 26, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

It is amazingly classic: Minorities members are ferocious taletellers.
Here you have, a black, defending Jewish.
OMG!

Posted by: SouthStar
--------------------------
Wow! SouthStar, straight from under the Vatican's rock, crawls out for what one hopes is a brief desecration of this thread.

Moron, Catholic, bigot. Eugene, here, deplores bigotry. Why would you think that a black man would not? Don't project your pasty-faced Catholicism onto him. He is not white, and thank God, he is not Catholic.

BTW., Your Vatican's Bank continues to be investigated for money-laundering 200 mafia dollars.

The Serbian Orthodox, Jews, Roma victims and their heirs are again appealing the decision that prevented them from suing Vatican Bank. That would be the Vatican Bank that banked and laundered the loot stolen by 200 PRIESTS who tortured to death more than seven hundred thousand people.

On the other hand, the Obama Court just declined to allow the Oregon suit against Vatican Nation to go forward, for grounds of sex abuse. They ruled as did the judge in the Vatican Nazi case, that the Vatican's foreign nation status protects it from lawsuits by Americans. HOwever, it ain't over, say the victims.

I do not wonder that the Vatican Money-Laundering, Pedophile, and Tax Exempt Nazi Nation spawns the likes of you. But given the many contradictory privileges it enjoys at the expense of humanity, I think it would not be to much to ask that they keep scum like you under a rock.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | May 26, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King,

Balderdash! Don't believe Guv'nah Bob for a minute. He is a stalwart practitioner of the Sergeant Schultz school of political spin. "I know nothing... nothing...." What he may profess to know, for public consumption, bears little or no relation to reality.

On another note, though, the Guv'nah's claimed ignorance of Malek's history sadly fits right in with the rest of his worldview. It seems Guv'nah Bob doesn't choose to know that the U.S. Constitution has been amended a few times since 1787... and that people such as women, blacks, gays, Jews - in fact, everyone other than the original white male Christian landed gentry - have rights now.

Posted by: nan_lynn | May 27, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I hate to tell you this, but most Virginians don't consider McDonnell a Virginian...heck, he wasn't even born in Virginia and lived in a military family growing up. He's about as much a Virginian as Hilary Clinton is a New Yorker or the Kennedys are from whatever state they get elected in (Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York...pick one).

And Colbert, it's just not Saturdays that nobody is reading the WaPo...try every day. Only stalwarts like myself tune in, or should I say "toon in" as in "cartoonish"...because that's what the writing is.

Posted by: d-35 | May 27, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Just stop with this crapola.

As a Virginian I want to call your attention to the non-event that McDonnell tried to create last month, namely the confederacy remembrance or whateverthehell he chose to call it. As a rural Virginian I saw virtually no signs of this pathetic attempt.

As for Saturdays being a slow readership day, well, maybe for some, but for many others it's a day when there is time for such indulgences.

Posted by: moran1 | May 27, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Two words...willful ignorance.

Mr. McDonell is what he is, too bad the Virginia voters fell for the smoke and mirrors instead of seeing the man behind them.

He's taking his country back, straight back to the 1800's.

Posted by: JilliB | May 27, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

What this really speaks to is the fact that McDonnell learned nothing of substance as a matriculant at the esteemed Regent University. The gopers' willingness to ignore history (see McDonnell's Confederate History Month avoidance of slavery) and re-write history (see the current Texas curriculum controversy) would be laughable if it didn't have such real-life implications for all thinking Americans.

Posted by: ImaDem | May 27, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

McDonnell is an idiot that's why he didn't know as he says. He is an idiot, and need to be impeached.

Posted by: carolynlebeaufyahoocom | May 27, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

WOW the republicans keep all their criminals elements but eat every one else..

Posted by: godwithfire55 | May 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

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