"Culture of Corruption" update 4-27
As predicted in Chapter One of DONKEY CONS (page 15, to be more specific), Nancy Pelosi's idea of making a "culture of corruption" the central issue of the 2006 campaign is beginning to backfire. Even in one of the worst years for GOP scandals, the Democratic Party manages to keep pace.
The Al Mollohan scandal has drawn attention to the Democrats' problems on the ethics front:
You may have missed it, but that dull, thudding sound in the political background over the weekend was Republicans pummeling Democrats on, of all things, corruption.That's from Time magazine, hardly a bastion of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. But notice the way they phrase it: Democrats are accused "of all things, corruption" -- as if this were shocking, as if Pelosi's "culture of corruption" charge was something other than another Democratic Party lie.
That's because last Friday, the top-ranking Democrat on the House ethics committee, West Virginia's Alan Mollohan, was forced to step down temporarily from that post over charges of — what else? — unethical behavior.
And Republicans didn't miss this golden opportunity to pile on.
“Only surpassed by Howard Dean, this was the biggest gift we’ve gotten,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist. "This puts the Democratic leadership on notice that they’re throwing stones in a glass house,” said Kevin Madden, spokesman for House Majority leader John Boehner.
“This is the pinnacle,” Carl Forti, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, rejoiced. ...
Losing a leader to scandal is never good, but Mollohan’s fall undermines a key pillar of the Democratic efforts to take back the House and Senate in November. Democrats have invested time and money pushing the idea of what they call the "Republican culture of corruption" as exemplified by the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and the fall of former House Majority Leader Tom Delay. “[Ethics] had been an important strategic element of the campaign,” says Winston, and with Mollohan’s troubles, “It just got incredibly difficult for them to play that card."
As clearly explained -- and carefully documented -- on Page 36 of DONKEY CONS, we counted members of Congress convicted of serious crimes or disciplined for ethics violations over the past 30 years. The final tally: Dems 46, GOP 15. That's a 3-to-1 ratio -- and that Republican count includes both Duke Cunningham and Tom DeLay.Josephine Hearn of The Hill has more.
DONKEY CONS is, as we've said on dozens of talk-radio programs in the past couple of weeks, a book about "a party and a pattern." For over 200 years, corruption has been so deeply bred into their donkey DNA that Lynn and I were confident that any attempt by Democrats to turn the ethics issue against the GOP would result in a self-inflicted (and perhaps fatal) wound to Dems' hopes of recapturing Congress in the 2006 mid-term elections. That prophecy is now being fulfilled, big-time.
Other journalists and politicians are taking notice. Doug Turner of the Buffalo News explains:
Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds [R-N.Y.] wants the national political community to know about Congressman Alan Mollohan, a Democrat from West Virginia.
Reynolds, the Clarence Republican, is chairman of the party's campaign to retain the GOP's 12-year control of the House. As the threat of a Democratic resurgence grows, the GOP is looking for one really bad Democrat, and hope they have found it in Mollohan.
Mollohan channeled millions in special appropriations called "earmarks" to his depressed Charleston district and made business deals with some who are getting the federal money.
Mollohan has become suddenly wealthy, and he's stumbling with his explanations.
As a measurement of today's standards of objective morality in Congress, Mollohan was until late Friday the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee.
Mollohan quit the panel under heat from Reynolds.
If the MSM is noticing this phenomenon, you can bet the conservative media and the blogosphere have been all over it. Here's columnist Eliot Peace in TownHall.com:
Despite all of the bad news over the last several months, and the talk of a 1994-like sweep of the US House of Representatives by the Democratic Party, not all news is bad news for Republicans.
First and foremost, the Democratic Party has yet to present a united front and viable alternative to the GOP. Several Democratic congressmen, including William Jefferson of Louisiana and Alan Mollohan of West Virginia, are amidst their own ethics investigations, which helps to soften the impact of the 'culture of corruption' charges leveled at the Republican Party.
Exactly so. Rep. Jefferson is knee-deep in scandal, Cynthia McKinney's beating up cops, the former Democratic mayor of Atlanta has been convicted of tax evasion, the former Democratic governor of Alabama is about to go on trial for corruption ... the hits just keep coming!
Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is headed by Rep. Rahm "Hired Truck" Emanuel and Sen. Harry Reid is vowing to keep every dime he got from Abramoff's clients. Yet Nancy Pelosi (who got money from Abramoff's clients, too) keeps on dreaming of victory in November -- it's like a bad joke, but Pelosi doesn't seem to get it.
Meanwhile, at Captain's Quarters, Captain Ed notices that Debbie Stabenow was a friend of "Indian Jack" Abramoff's clients:
The Abramoff corruption scandal got just a teensy bit wider today when Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow resubmitted her campaign finance reports from 2002 and 2003 to show that she took donations from Indian tribes connected to the disgraced lobbyist. ...Please, by all means, go read the whole thing -- and tell the Captain to e-mail me if he wants to review the book. Meanwhile, other blogs are picking up on the pattern of Democratic Party corruption: Pardon My English, Dan Riehl, Steve Kelso, Michelle Malkin, Clear and Present, et cetera.
The change points out yet another Democrat that not only took contributions from Abramoff-related tribes but also intervened on their behalf.
Not every blogger or talk-radio host in America has realized yet that there's an entire book that fully documents this phenomenon of Democratic Party corruption. (C'mon, guys: Give Max a call.) But eventually everyone from Rush Limbaugh to Glenn Reynolds will get the book, and when they do, they'll turn to the index and find that on pp. 266-288 are the names of dozens and dozens of members of Congress mentioned in the book. Heh. Pretty much a field guide, y'see?
Now it's time to quote what we wrote on Page 15 of DONKEY CONS:
Maybe Democrats think Americans are stupid. ... But just how stupid do they think we are? At this writing, Nancy Pelosi and her friends are talking about how Democrats will win control of Congress in 2006 by campaigning against a Republican "culture of corruption." ... If Democrats try to make "corruption" the central issue of their campaign, they'll surely lose — and we'll probably sell a lot more books.
Hey, Nancy: You go, girl!
CHARITABLE OMISSION ALERT
It must have been charity, or possibly the onset of carpal tunnel caused by the ceaseless task of chronicling Democratic corruption, that caused Stacy to omit from his scandal roundup the latest news on Sowande Omokunde.
Mr. Omokunde, the son of Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), was today sentenced to four to six months in prison for slashing tires outside a Bush-Cheney campaign office on Election Day 2004. Three other Democratic campaign workers were also found guilty.
Tossing aside a plea agreement that called for probation, Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Michael Brennan sentenced four Democratic Party workers today to jail for slashing the tires of 25 vans rented by Republicans to take voters to polls for the 2004 presidential election.BTW, the judge was not a happy camper:
Calling the vandalism more than harmless hijinks, Brennan admonished the four men, including the sons of two prominent Milwaukee politicians, for disenfranchising voters.Of course, such tactics are nothing new for Democrats. As we note in DONKEY CONS, they go back 150 years to the time of Tammany Hall, when Democratic New York Mayor Fernando Wood, supplied a "'crowd of loafers and bruisers' as a political street army." No word of any tire slashings in the 1850's. But probably only because tires hadn't been invented yet.
The judge said he had received letters from Milwaukee County citizens upset over the crime. “They see you tampering with something they consider sacred and that’s the ballot box,” Brennan said.
Since Lynn's pouring salt into wounds here, let's notice -- with a hat tip to Chris Reed -- that uber-blogger Markos Moulitsas Zúniga of DailyKos is dispirited by Francine Busby's 45% poll number:
This is a district in which the former Congressman is in prison for corruption far beyond the usual "culture of corruption" craziness, and our candidate's own internal poll doesn't have her above the Kerry line for the district? I don't think this poll looks all that hot for us, frankly. In fact, I think it looks terrible.
If voters were ready to punish Republicans for their culture of corruption, what better place for that to manifest itself than in the district of one of the most corrupt of the lot?
Yeah, the adulation of dimwit leftists has made the Moonbat-in-Chief a bestselling author. But that doesn't win elections. Heh.
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