Vince Wilfork & Bob Menendez both Expendable

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Vince Wilfork & Bob Menendez both Expendable

Guy Fleeg­man: I’m not even sup­posed to be here. I’m just “Crew­man Num­ber Six.” I’m expend­able. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how seri­ous the sit­u­a­tion is. I’ve gotta get outta here.

Galaxy Quest 1999

Michael Cor­leone: It’s not per­sonal Sonny, it’s strictly business.

The God­fa­ther 1972

Vince Wil­ford was drafted by the New Eng­land Patri­ots back in 2004 and has played 11 sea­sons with the team. In those 11 years he man­aged four trips to the Super­bowl and two wins. The first was dur­ing his rookie sea­son with the patri­ots and appar­ently his sec­ond may be in his last:

Vet­eran defen­sive tackle Vince Wil­fork tweeted Thurs­day that the New Eng­land Patri­ots have informed him they will not pick up the option in his con­tract, thus mak­ing him a free agent when the new league year begins Tuesday.

Now Wil­fork is con­sid­ered a good player at his posi­tion and will report­edly be a desir­able free agent top player at his posi­tion but there is a log­i­cal finan­cial rea­son for this move:

Will the likely end of the Vince Wilfork-​New Eng­land Patri­ots mar­riage bode well for the return of Dar­relle Revis and Devin McCourty to New England?

Not pick­ing up Wilfork’s option gives the Patri­ots a pro­jected salary cap sav­ings of $8.9 mil­lion. CSNNE​.com Patri­ots Insider Tom E. Cur­ran says that money could help retain their pend­ing free agents in the sec­ondary, who were a big part of their Super Bowl-​winning season.

The Pats could of course still sign him for less money but the bot­tom line is this. irre­gard­less of his past per­for­mance as far as the Patri­ots are con­cerned Vince Wil­fork is as expend­able as a red shirt in the old Star Trek series (as illus­trated in Mad Mag­a­zines par­ody song of the 70’s sung to the tune of The Age of Aquarius).

♫ As your ship files through the galaxy, to far away places way past mars. Be sure that your adven­tures, do not kill off the stars!

And you can do it with a crew that’s expend­able, crew that’s expend­able. Expend­able! Expendable

Minor actors that you bring on, per­ish when you meet a Klin­gon. Other ones you bring on later die within a planet’s crater. And although we try to save them we can not because the script has made them expend­able. Expendable! ♫

And that brings us to Sen­a­tor Bob Menendez.

Now let’s pref­ace the com­ments that fol­low with this state­ment. I’ve been writ­ing about Menen­dez for a while since 2012. One exam­ple:

An Elm­wood Park man pleaded guilty on Tues­day to con­spir­ing with his brother to vio­late fed­eral elec­tion law by steer­ing $21,400 in ille­gal cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Benedetto Big­ica, 45, admit­ted that he worked with his brother, Joseph, of Franklin Lakes, from April 2005 to April 2008 to make the ille­gal contributions

The response from the Menen­dez cam­paign was…inter­est­ing

A spokesman for Menen­dez has acknowl­edged that the sen­a­tor was the unnamed fed­eral offi­cial cited in court papers in the case but said Menen­dez was a vic­tim of Joseph Bigica’s.

Sen­a­tor Menendez’s cam­paign, a vic­tim of the fraud that ensued, coop­er­ated fully with the inves­ti­ga­tion,” Mike Soli­man, Menendez’s state direc­tor and for­mer cam­paign man­ager, said Tuesday.

Yes you read that right.

Based on my what I’ve already writ­ten I’d say Menen­dez, like Dinesh D’Sousa is likely guilty as sin, but he was likely guilty as sin from 20052008 when those ille­gal con­tri­bu­tions were made. He was likely guilty as sin when I was writ­ing about him in 2012 and 2013 and I sus­pect he was guilty as sin all through 2014.

The ques­tion becomes, if this was all true, why is jus­tice only inter­ested in him now? PJ media and Ted cruz and oth­ers think it’s because of his oppo­si­tion to an Iran deal. As Cruz said:

“The announce­ment this week by the Jus­tice Depart­ment that they were bring­ing charges against Bob Menen­dez — I will point out that the tim­ing seems awfully coin­ci­den­tal that … in the very week that Bob Menen­dez showed incred­i­ble courage to speak out and call out Pres­i­dent Obama for the dam­age that his pol­icy is doing to our national secu­rity … the Jus­tice Depart­ment announces they’re mov­ing for­ward with the crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion,” Cruz said.
“It raises the sug­ges­tion to other Democ­rats that if you dare part from the Obama White House, that crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tions will be used poten­tially as a polit­i­cal weapon against you as well,” he added.

But think about it. Menen­dez was defend­ing Israel and express­ing sus­pi­cion of Iran long before this month. The Kirk Menen­dez Amend­ment putting sanc­tions on Iran dates from 2011 Why were his speeches and cri­tiques not enough to cause a break?

That’s actu­ally easy. He wasn’t expend­able then.

Before Barack Obama’s re-​election in 2012 a high pro­file his­panic was vital. Before the 2014 with the prospect of con­trol of the sen­ate hang­ing by a sin­gle seat, every per­son with a “D” next to their name was vital.

And even a few weeks ago with the first test of the Democ­rats abil­ity to shake down Mitch McConnell & John Boehner it was vital to make sure there was party unity.

But now that all the elec­tions are over, now that the amnesty money is secure and now that the Demo­c­rat party knows that 41 united democ­rats can bend Repub­li­can lead­ers like a yoga instruc­tor Robert Menen­dez becomes expendable.

It isn’t Menendez’s cor­rup­tion, nor his sup­port of Israel, or even his out­spo­ken con­dem­na­tion of the Iran deal that doomed him. It’s because like Vince Wil­fork. He’s sud­denly no longer worth the price.

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Guy Fleegman: I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.

Galaxy Quest 1999

Michael Corleone:  It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business.

The Godfather 1972

 

Vince Wilford was drafted by the New England Patriots back in 2004 and has played 11 seasons with the team.  In those 11 years he managed four trips to the Superbowl and two wins.  The first was during his rookie season with the patriots and apparently his second may be in his last:

Veteran defensive tackle Vince Wilfork tweeted Thursday that the New England Patriots have informed him they will not pick up the option in his contract, thus making him a free agent when the new league year begins Tuesday.

Now Wilfork is considered a good player at his position and will reportedly be a desirable free agent  top player at his position but there is a logical financial reason for this move:

Will the likely end of the Vince Wilfork-New England Patriots marriage bode well for the return of Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty to New England?

Not picking up Wilfork’s option gives the Patriots a projected salary cap savings of $8.9 million. CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran says that money could help retain their pending free agents in the secondary, who were a big part of their Super Bowl-winning season.

The Pats could of course still sign him for less money but the bottom line is this.  irregardless of his past performance as far as the Patriots are concerned Vince Wilfork is as expendable as a red shirt in the old Star Trek series (as illustrated in Mad Magazines parody song of the 70’s sung to the tune of The Age of Aquarius).

♫ As your ship files through the galaxy, to far away places way past mars.  Be sure that your adventures, do not kill off the stars!

And you can do it with a crew that’s expendable, crew that’s expendable.  Expendable!  Expendable

Minor actors that you bring on, perish when you meet a Klingon.  Other ones you bring on later die within a planet’s crater.  And although we try to save them we can not because the script has made them expendable.  Expendable! ♫

And that brings us to Senator Bob Menendez.

Now let’s preface the comments that follow with this statement. I’ve been writing about Menendez for a while since 2012.  One example:

An Elmwood Park man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiring with his brother to violate federal election law by steering $21,400 in illegal campaign contributions to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Benedetto Bigica, 45, admitted that he worked with his brother, Joseph, of Franklin Lakes, from April 2005 to April 2008 to make the illegal contributions

The response from the Menendez campaign was…interesting

A spokesman for Menendez has acknowledged that the senator was the unnamed federal official cited in court papers in the case but said Menendez was a victim of Joseph Bigica’s.

“Senator Menendez’s campaign, a victim of the fraud that ensued, cooperated fully with the investigation,” Mike Soliman, Menendez’s state director and former campaign manager, said Tuesday.

Yes you read that right.

Based on my what I’ve already written  I’d say Menendez, like Dinesh D’Sousa is likely guilty as sin, but he was likely guilty as sin from 2005-2008 when those illegal contributions were made.  He was likely guilty as sin when I was writing about him in 2012 and 2013 and I suspect he was guilty as sin all through 2014.

The question becomes, if this was all true, why is justice only interested in him now?  PJ media and Ted cruz  and others think it’s because of his opposition to an Iran deal.  As Cruz said:

“The announcement this week by the Justice Department that they were bringing charges against Bob Menendez — I will point out that the timing seems awfully coincidental that … in the very week that Bob Menendez showed incredible courage to speak out and call out President Obama for the damage that his policy is doing to our national security … the Justice Department announces they’re moving forward with the criminal prosecution,” Cruz said.
 
“It raises the suggestion to other Democrats that if you dare part from the Obama White House, that criminal prosecutions will be used potentially as a political weapon against you as well,” he added.

But think about it.  Menendez was defending Israel and expressing suspicion of Iran long before this month.  The Kirk Menendez Amendment putting sanctions on Iran dates from 2011 Why were his speeches and critiques not enough to cause a break?

That’s actually easy. He wasn’t expendable then.

Before Barack Obama’s re-election in 2012 a high profile hispanic was vital. Before the 2014 with the prospect of control of the senate hanging by a single seat, every person with a “D” next to their name was vital.

And even a few weeks ago with the first test of the Democrats ability to shake down Mitch McConnell & John Boehner it was vital to make sure there was party unity.

But now that all the elections are over, now that the amnesty money is secure and now that the Democrat party knows that 41 united democrats can bend Republican leaders like a yoga instructor Robert Menendez becomes expendable.

It isn’t Menendez’s corruption,  nor his support of Israel, or even his outspoken condemnation of the Iran deal that doomed him.  It’s because like Vince Wilfork.  He’s suddenly no longer worth the price.

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