The Democrats' ham-handedness
has largely diffused outstanding questions about Steele's finances.
was underscored in a 2000 exercise called TOPOFF (for "top officials involved"), featuring simultaneous simulated attacks--a nuclear "event" in Washington, D.
To their arrogance and ham-handedness
in handling this issue, the Scottish government have now added hypocrisy.
Even active party members were tempted to cast themselves as opponents of the regime, if not outright victims of persecution, for having sided with the church leadership in the culture wars of the 1930s, thereby foreclosing any serious consideration of their affinity with the Nazi project--a self-exculpatory impulse only reinforced, as Clemens Vollnhals and others have shown, by the ham-handedness
of American denazification policies, which typically excluded the possibility of shifts in attitude over time.
But now these people find themselves swimming in Republican corruption, ham-handedness
, and racial hypocrisy that recall the New York Democratic machines their parents fled because the bosses suffocated independence and tolerance.