Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Please show me what integrity looks like, Tucker Carlson

Last night on Tucker, the slowly swelling pundit said:
Democrat William Jefferson of Louisiana was reelected to his ninth term in Congress this weekend, crushing his opponent in the runoff election to represent the City of New Orleans. Even by local standards Jefferson is colorful, which is to say, crooked.

Not only has the FBI videotaped him taking what it says 100 grand in bribe money, but at least $90,000 of that money was found in Jefferson‘s freezer in the current in his kitchen at home. Two of the congressman‘s close associates, including a member of his staff, have pleaded guilty in that same bribery investigation. Jefferson himself is expected to be indicted sometime next year.


Keep in mind too that Jefferson will serve until or unless he is hauled away in handcuffs in what Democrats are billing as the most ethical Congress in history. A body that has cast off the quote “culture of corruption” created by the Republicans. Yes, that sound you hear in the background is in fact the irony alarm going off.

Jefferson was re-elected not by the Democratic House members, but by his own constituents. On the other hand, Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership removed Jefferson from his committee position despite his not being indicted and, today, chose to keep him off the committee. They can't block him from the House entirely.

For the record, supposedly whacked-out, partisan left wing bloggers spoke out against Jefferson before the election, too.

But, while we're at it, let's see how Republicans handled similar cases:
Bob Ney (R-OH) on the other hand, remained Chairman House Administration Committee--which oversaw lobbying reform--until he stepped down of his own accord. He will spend years in jail for bribery.

Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) remained on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee and the intelligence committee until he plead guilty, despite a mountain of evidence he was guilty. And, oddly enough, when the Republican chairman of the intel committee was asked about allegations of prostitution, he replied “It's unsavory, it is pathetic, it is sickening, but not surprising.” There is no suggestion that same chairman, Pete Hoekstra, asked for Cunningham to be removed.

And then there's Tom DeLay, for whom Republicans actually changed the House ethics rules so he could remain in power despite indictment (which they later changed back when Americans went ewwww...). He stepped down from Republican leadership on his own, only when the stink was unbearable. When he gave his farewell address, "Republicans crowded the chamber and applauded."
That sound you hear is actually my patented "Tucker Carlson's being a dumbass alarm." I apologize for the fact it rings constantly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh very nicely put! Well said. I'm commandeering this post!

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, I agree with the sentiment, but I need to pick a nit with the nitpicker. You wrote: "They can't block him from the House entirely."

Except, of course, that they _can_. The House is the sole judge of the qualifications of its members and can expell any member, at any time, for any reason. Whether they _should_, I won't aim to answer.

11:27 AM  

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