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Is Alex Acosta a tragic figure? By Paul Mirengoff’s account at Power Line Blog, rehearsed and elaborated over the past two years, Alex Acosta is a man on the make, a social-political climber. His aspiration: the comfortable security and status of a federal judgeship. To gain that prize, Mirengoff claims, Acosta spent his time in both the George W. Bush and Trump administrations carefully not offending powerful Democratic Party interests. That is, Acosta passive aggressively sabotaged his presidents’ stated policies. Maybe so, maybe no.
Alex Acosta was invited to walk out with President Trump Friday morning, addressing the press alongside the president. This was a resignation, but one in which President Trump and his Secretary of Labor would concede nothing. What he and President Trump got was a sound byte summary of unheralded achievements that matter to real Americans.
The resignation, unique in form, followed an hour long press conference Wednesday. In his hour-long press conference, Alex Acosta conceded little of style, nothing of substance. Unspoken, then and now, was the name of the president in whose Department of Justice he served. I happen to be old enough to remember who was president in 2008. It was not Obama, nor Trump, nor Clinton. No, it was Saint George the Virtuous, exemplar of the flower of Republican nobility. Alex Acosta served in Bush 43’s DOJ.
How could this be? We have been repeatedly assured that the career prosecutors of the Department of Justice, are the very best people, dedicated and impartial doers of justice. Yet, here we had a very wealthy man, a master networker, a super schmoozer. His little black book could be copied from a who’s who list of the American East Coast elite. Nancy Pelosi’s daughter spoke the inconvenient truth:
“This Epstein case is horrific and the young women deserve justice. It is quite likely that some of our faves are implicated but we must follow the facts and let the chips fall where they may — whether on Republicans or Democrats,” Christine Pelosi tweeted Saturday after news of Epstein’s arrest broke.
Mind you, Pelosies gotta Pelosi, so she’s moved on to smearing Attorney General William Barr with some alleged association with Epstein. Setting the usual casual lies and innuendo aside, it is worth remembering that Alex Acosta was thrust upon President Trump after the Democrats and Chamber-of-Commerce business-as-usual Republicans ran a successful attack on a real entrepreneurial success story, former Carls Jr/Hardee’s CEO Andrew Puzder. Alex Acosta was the Washington insiders’ choice, as was obvious from his easy confirmation.
So, was Alex Acosta really subverting President Trump’s agenda? Paul Mirengoff repeatedly posted attacks on Acosta, and indirectly on President Trump, who Mirengoff barely tolerates. Consider embracing the power of “and.” It may well be that Alex Acosta was a thoroughly political creature, and that President Trump got his, not the Chamber of Commerce/Mirengoff, Labor Department agenda advanced by this Washington insider.
It has seemed, from the very first criticism of Labor Department activity, that something was being omitted. We heard a bit of that on the press line Friday morning, as Secretary Acosta spoke along side President Trump. It may be that both President Trump and Alex Acosta figured they were getting what they wanted, along with the Washington establishment. Then everything changed, and an earlier decision, from the George W. Bush administration DOJ, turned sour, likely ending the prospects of Judge Alex Acosta.