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Pelosi & Reid: So Much For Ethics

Pelosi's Ethics Muscle

While celebrating the Democrat’s return to majority control of the House, then Speaker-to-Be, Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously promised

The American people voted to restore integrity and honesty in Washington, D.C., and the Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history. (emphasis added) 

In another now-infamous reference to Republican congressional management, Pelosi boasted she would “drain the swamp” on Capitol Hill. 

Pelosi’s promise was a follow-on to the Democrat’s campaign strategy of attacking the GOP congressional leadership’s “Culture of Corruption”. She should have known better than to promise something she couldn’t control. But, as Bill Clinton recently said of the late Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) about his past KKK membership: “He was trying to get elected“.

Reid's Ethics Muscle

So, I suppose we are supposed to let Speaker Pelosi’s promise slide. Sorry, no dice. Live by the sword… die by the sword. 

Especially, when you consider that even the New York Times asked back in April 2009: “Is the House Swamp Drained Yet?” That’s right. Over a year ago, the liberal Times’ editorial board wondered aloud when — if ever — the ethics investigation of Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) would be completed. The same editorial noted that Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) was also under investigation for his role in the Blagojevich “Senate Seat for Sale” scandal. 

The Rangel affair isn’t complete yet. And, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) is set to defend herself against ethics charges in a public House trial. 

Need other examples? It was just six months ago that Representative Eric Massa (D-NY) resigned in a sex scandal. And, what did Senator Roland Burris (D-IL) give to impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) for his appointment to that august chamber? We don’t know. But, we do know the Senate rebuked Burris for misleading his colleagues during the investigation. 

OK, so people aren’t perfect. They sometimes veer off the straight and narrow path. We really can’t blame party leadership for individual sin, right? Perhaps, but recall Madame Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made no such allowances for individual frailty for their Republican counterparts in 2006. 

So let’s examine the part of the promise dealing with honesty and openness

Do you recall the “Cornhusker Kickback“? How about the “Louisiana Purchase“? Or the “Florida Finagle“? 

These were the seemly and sordid payoffs to Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE), Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) to get them to vote for ObamaCare. Note the “D” after each name. Reid had to bribe Democrats to vote for a Democrat initiative for government-run health care. The liberal response to these deals: Hey, that’s how politics works in Washington. 

But, that’s not what the voters were promised. And, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid know it. 

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Written by kensten

08/02/2010 at 6:25 pm

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