An excellent little essay, courtesy of The Associated Press, oddly enough:
Analysis: Democrats self-destructing over ethics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration and the new Congress are quickly handing over to Republicans the same “culture of corruption” issue that Democrats used so effectively against the GOP before coming to power.
Freshman Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., is only the latest embarrassment. Senate Democrats accepted Burris because they believed what he told them: He was clean. Burris now admits he tried to raise money for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who authorities say sought to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.
The political mess for the Democratic Party, however, isn’t Burris’ conduct alone; it’s the pattern that has developed so quickly over the past few months.
** The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is the subject of a House ethics investigation. It’s partly focused on his fundraising practices for a college center in his name, his ownership financing of a resort property in the Dominican Republic and his financial disclosure reports.
** Federal agents raided two Pennsylvania defense contractors that were provided millions of dollars in federal funding by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.
** Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on federal charges, including allegations he schemed to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder.
** Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader from South Dakota, abandoned his bid to become health and human services secretary and the administration’s point man on reforming health care; and Nancy Killefer stepped down from a newly created position charged with eliminating inefficient government programs. Both Daschle and Killefer had tax problems, and Daschle also faced potential conflicts of interest related to working with health care interests.
** While the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm William Lynn as deputy defense secretary, Obama had to waive his ethics regulations to place the former defense lobbyist in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon.
The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Richard “Dirty Dick” Durbin of Illinois, expressed his anger about the Burris case Wednesday while he was on an official visit to Greece. “I do believe that the public statements made by Mr. Burris to this point have raised questions … as to the nature of his relationship with the former governor and the circumstances surrounding his appointment,” Durbin said.
Reid said in Nevada, “Now there’s some question as to whether or not he told the truth.” Where to go next? Reid had no answer. “What I think we have to do is just wait and see,” the Senate leader said.
Senate Democrats now may be trapped in their own ethics system. Disciplinary action against a senator usually requires a long investigation by the Senate’s ethics committee. While a preliminary inquiry on Burris is under way, that’s only the first early step. And, with ongoing criminal investigations in Illinois, the committee probably would have to postpone any action — as it usually does — to avoid interference.
In 2006, Republicans lost control of the House after Democrats effectively used a “culture of corruption” theme against them. Democrats, who’ve been in control of both Congress and the White House less than two months now, are lucky on one point. The next congressional election is nearly two years away.
EDITOR’S NOTE _ Larry Margasak has covered Congress, including major ethics investigations, since 1983.
And, of course, this is only a partial list. Gateway Pundit has documented even more, which I posted HERE.;
** Obama’s Attorney General pick Eric Holder is tied to the Marc Rich scandal.
** Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is a tax dodger and lied about it.
** Obama’s Commerce Secretary pick Bill Richardson is engulfed in a pay for play scandal and was forced to step down.
** Obama’s Climate Czar, radical socialist Carol Browner, oversaw the destruction of EPA computer files in brazen violation of a federal judge’s order requiring the agency to preserve its records.
** And, the governor of his home state Hot Rod Blagojevich (whom Obama campaigned for and endorsed) was impeached.
**Plus Obama’s Chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel, is neck-deep in this as well. Emmanuel was endorsed by Blagojevich in the race for his House Seat when Blago won the governorship; and Emmanuel talked several times with the governor about whom to appoint to Obama’s vacant Senate Seat. When reporters tried to question Emmanuel about it, He disappeared to Africa for three weeks.
And this is still FAR from a complete list.
“The next congressional election is nearly two years away.” Really? Republicans might note, the next congressional election is only two years away.