Carol Platt Liebau: Whose "Culture of Corruption"?

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Whose "Culture of Corruption"?

Democratic Congressman Allen Mollohan has stepped down from his ranking chairmanship of the House Ethics Committee amid allegations of financial improprieties.

How, exactly, will the Dems and the MSM be able to spin this as a "Republican scandal" that's "bad news for President Bush"?

And while we're talking scandal, let's not forget about another allegedly ethics-challenged Democrat, Rep. William Jefferson.

Are the Dems really sure they should have been casting the first stone in the ethics debate?


Blogger wrabkin said...

Absolutely they are. I have no idea if Mollohan is guilty or not, but when accused (by some nutball rightwing group that refuses to release its "evidence" to anyone), he stepped down from the ethics committee until the issue is resolved.

When a Republican is accused, he screams "bias" and tries to change the ethics committe rules so that he can stay in charge of it even if he's indicted. And then he commits fraud by pretending to run for re-election so he can fill up his legal defense fund with money donated to help him run. All the time complaining that everyone who ever says a bad word against him is politically motivated and out to get him.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

The "nutball rightwing group", National Legal Policy Center (NLPC), referred to above has a record of opposing malfeasance in office by both parties. In 2001, it filed complaints against Rep. Jon Fox, Republican from PA, which led to his defeat next election. In 2003, it saved taxpayers an estimated $4 billion by helping to scuttle an Air Force plan to lease, rather than buy, mid-air refueling tankers. Even liberal Slate online magazine wondered why "...the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post and the New York Times and the rest of the majors wait until the National Legal and Policy Center got curious about [Jesse Jackson's methods of doing business]." It appears the NLPC is more bipartisan in its political criticisms than the above writer expressed.

Since the Washington Post has detailed the charges against Rep. Mollohan, and Democrats applied pressure on Mollohan to step down, the "evidence" must be available and not locked in NLPC safes.

As for screaming "bias" when confronted, what would this statement from Rep. William Jefferson's attorney qualify as: Mr. Fawer "found it curious that the case was being handled in Northern Virginia, a "primarily white district," instead of Washington or Louisiana, where Jefferson, who is black, conducts most of his business.

Or this one from Rep. Pelosi: "Pelosi joined Mollohan in asserting that the accusations against Mollohan stem from a partisan effort... (Quotes from the Washington Post)

Or how about the mother of all screams of "bias": "The great story here for anybody willing to find it, write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president." That one, of course, is from Hillary Rodham-Clinton when telling the world that Monica Lewinsky was lying.

Yeah, I know; it's not fair to point out that liberals are in danger of busting a few of their own windows, which is exactly what Carol was suggesting.

Conservatives have generally been quite critical of the GOP when necessary. When will liberals be 10% as critical of their party's members?

2:01 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

just wondering what rock wrabkin crawled out from under. Did Delay step down or was I dreaming?

"When a Republican..." Can you even name some? Or are you just using Daily Kos talking points?

10:37 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

I didn't crawl out from under a rock -- as Carol will tell you, I am a friend of hers with extremely different political views. It's a pity you're unable to accept that someone can have a different view of your party and still share the same species.

As for "when a Republican..." you might want to cast your mind back to the famous "Delay rule," which was intitially supported and passed by the Republican majority on the ethics committee. That new rule changed the previous one, allowing a member to stay on the ethics committee even after being indicted for a crime. The excuse for this change? That the indictment was -- of course -- political.

Do you really not remember this? Do I need to pull up links? Here' the lead from a Washington Post story -- yes, the dreaded "MSM," so undoubtedly the made it all up:

"House Republicans proposed changing their rules last night to allow members indicted by state grand juries to remain in a leadership post, a move that would benefit Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in case he is charged by a Texas grand jury that has indicted three of his political associates, according to GOP leaders."

Here's the link to the rest of the article: articles/A54572-2004Nov16.html

And if you Google "Delay rule ethics" you'll find many, many more.

And yes, Delay did finally step down. Finally. Months later.

Bob Ney's still there, though. So are Pombo, Doolittle, Burns, and oh, so many others.

10:26 AM  

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