Remember how sanctimonious the Democrats were back in 2006 finding it easy to run against Republicans who had then controlled Congress for a dozen years? As the then-majority party was abandoning its conservative ideals, scandals were accumulating on a seemingly daily basis. Democrats called it a “culture of corruption”
Well, Democrats haven’t needed a decade in power to rack up the scandals. It seems that as soon as they regained the majority, they began to act like the Republicans they had so recently replaced. We didn’t get that “most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history” that the Democratic Speaker promised.
With evidence increasing that the very Speaker, San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi, lied about her knowledge of the enhanced interrogation techniques of the previous Administration, it seems the Democrats will not merely do anything to benefit from the fruits of power, but also to destroy and otherwise discredit the opposition. With Mrs. Pelosi leading the way, this is anything but the “most honest” Congress in history.
Can you imagine how the media would react if a Republican Speaker were caught in a lie? Or if the Repubilcan Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee sought donations from companies receiving federal bailouts (and lied about it) while failing to disclosing rental property he owned? Of if the ex-wife of the Republican Chair of the Energy & Commerce Committee had been an Executive for ExxonMobil (whild said Congressman worked to ensure that the energy giant received kid glove treatment from the federal government)? Of if the nephew of a Republican chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee gets millions in non-competitive defense contracts? And if the GOP blocked an ethics inquiry “into campaign contributions to House lawmakers by recipients of pet project money and their lobbyists“?
And if that were just scratching the surface of the GOP’s scandals . . . .
There would be a media firestorm. Look how the media worked itself into a lather over e-mails a Republican Congressman sent to pages. But, Democratic scandals just don’t generate the same interest.
Maybe that’s because in the eyes of the media, they’re fighting the good fight, so a little corruption in pursuit of noble ends is an acceptable byproduct of liberal idealism.