It’s probably a sign of how the struggling Washington Times has lost some influence that its umpteenth editorial on the firing of Bush-appointed Americorps inspector general Gerald Walpin is hitting with a thud today. The key allegation is that “dirty deeds may have been employed to hide extensive involvement in the affair by the office of first lady Michelle Obama.”
The evidence is a letter from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the congressman who’s made a hobby out of sensational letters and reports on low-wattage scandals. And Issa’s letter only says that “there was speculation in the press that former Chief of Staff to the First Lady Jackie Norris may have influenced the President’s action because she left the White House to become a senior advisor at [the Corporation for National and Community Service] around the time of Mr. Walpin’s removal.” Where did that speculation come from? It came from a Michelle Malkin column.