Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi could take a lesson here. Following the resignation of Repbulican Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, she made the following statement:
“This offense is just the latest example of the culture of corruption that pervades the Republican-controlled Congress, which ignores the needs of the American people to serve wealthy special interests and their cronies.”
Are we to believe then, that Democrats lead a squeaky clean life? Appearently, Ms. Pelosi needs her memory jogged. As recently as 2002, we had a Democrat expelled from Congress for felony bribery, racketeering, and tax evasion – James Traficant.
No, Ms. Pelosi, both parties contain bad apples, and eventually, some of the bad apples get caught. The only difference is when a Democrat is caught, it isn’t over. They go down fighting because they think they can beat it. Sometimes they do (Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton with Whitewater and Chinese campaign contributions) and sometimes they don’t (the above referenced Traficant scandal). When Republicans get caught, they step up and resign in disgrace (Cunningham, Nixon).
Well, now it seems that there is a wider investigation into corruption in Congress. Read Jack Kelly’s article on RealClearPolitics.com for some interesting points. Seems Republicans aren’t the only ones with a problem. Looks like Pelosi’s pal Senator Harry Reid could have a big target on his back:
Among nearly three dozen lawmakers who lobbied the Interior Department to block a license for an Indian casino in Louisiana after receiving contributions from rival tribes represented by [lobbyist Jack] Abramoff were many Democrats, among them Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, and Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, the senior Democrat on the committee investigating Abramoff.
We will have to wait and see who had their hand in the cookie jar. In the meantime, Nancy Pelosi might do well if she put down her stones for a while.