After Republicans made so many arguments during the Alito nomination that Sandra Day O'Connor's seat didn't need to go a moderate or a woman, it appears that they do believe that some positions should be given to a certain type of person. It seems they've got seat designated for their worst crooks
on the Appropriations Committee. (Link via Kos
Indicted Rep. Tom DeLay, forced to step down as the No. 2 Republican in the House, scored a soft landing Wednesday as GOP leaders rewarded him with a coveted seat on the Appropriations Committee.
DeLay, R-Texas, also claimed a seat on the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which is currently investigating an influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his dealings with lawmakers...
DeLay was able to rejoin the powerful Appropriations panel — he was a member until becoming majority leader in 2003 — because of a vacancy created after the resignation of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif. Cunningham pleaded guilty in November to charges relating to accepting $2.4 million in bribes for government business and other favors.
The fact that he now gets to yank the purse strings of the Department of Justice just shows that Republicans have no intention of even pretending to be serious about ethics reform.