Friday, April 21, 2006

The Culture Of Corruption? Bring It On

The "culture of corruption" meme that the Democrats have introduced had little chance of being effective in the first place. The public is aware that politics is riddled with corruption, both direct and indirect. So in the face of voter apathy on this issue, to create a backlash was bound to be difficult enough for the Democrats. As it turns out, it is blowing up in their faces. Congressmen Jefferson ,McDermott and Conyers, Congresswoman McKinney, Senator Schumer's aides, and now this.

Senior Democrat Exits House Ethics Panel

The top Democrat on the House ethics committee, Alan Mollohan, will leave the panel _ at least temporarily _ while he defends his own financial conduct, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday.

Mollohan's decision comes in an election year when his party is accusing majority Republicans of allowing a "culture of corruption" in Congress.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's reaction:

We condemn any form of corruption by any member of the house on both sides of the aisle. Congessman Mollohan should immediately step down from the ethics committee until this issue is resolved.

Oops, my mistake, this is what she really said.

"The allegations against Congressman Mollohan originate from the National Legal and Policy Center, which engages in highly partisan attacks on Democrats," Pelosi said.

"The attacks are an attempt to deflect attention from the long list of Republican criminal investigations, indictments, plea agreements and resignations which have resulted from the reported long-term and extensive criminal enterprise run out of House Republican leadership offices," she said.

Using a phrase that has become a Democratic refrain, Pelosi said, "The Republican culture of corruption has been ignored by the ethics committee for a year and a half following the decision of the Republican leadership to fire their own chairman and committee members for doing their job."


The Democrats want to raise the "culture of corruption" issue? Fine. To quote the immortal words of George W Bush: Bring It On.


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