Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ethics? Democrats? Hello?

When Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) was exposed for his Abramoff ties, Republican leaders made him step down as chairman of the House Ethics Committee. But Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) is being investigated for over 250 violations of House ethics rules -- and he's still the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee:

U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) has committed over 250 violations of House ethics rules, according to a conservative legal watchdog group.
The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a complaint with the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia on Feb. 28, alleging that Mollohan failed to disclose and grossly underreported his assets, loans and interests in certain companies. ...
All members of Congress are required to file the disclosure forms as part of the Ethics in Government Act.
Ken Boehm, chairman of the NLPC, said every report Mollohan filed from 1996 to 2004 had "major errors."
"The real issue here is not whether Mollohan systematically was hiding financial and real estate assets, and grossly misrepresenting their value. He was. The real issue is why he was hiding those assets," Boehm said. ...
"No one in the House has more familiarity with the disclosure laws than he does. Any kind of excuse that he did not know how to fill out his financial disclosure reports -- for a nine-year period -- does not pass the straight face test," Boehm added.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday defended Mollohan and argued that Democrats have a history of ethics reform. For months Democrats have been attacking what they call the "Republican culture of corruption" in Congress and at the White House.
"The Speaker (Illinois Republican Dennis Hastert) should join me in directing the Ethics Committee to get to work, and not cast aspersions on the independent and distinguished Ranking Member," said Pelosi.
Go read the whole thing. Also here, here, here, here, here and here.

"Democratic ethics"? It is to laugh. We just wrote the history of the Democratic Party's own notorious "culture of corruption" -- that's 288 pages, with 667 end notes, carefully documented -- which is as old as Aaron Burr and as fresh as today's headlines.

The Mollohan meltdown shows why we were so confident in our prediction that the "culture of corruption" campaign theme was going to be suicidal for Democrats. As we wrote on pp. 14-15 of DONKEY CONS (and this was in late December):
Maybe Democrats think Americans are stupid. (They may be half right; 48 percent of voters apparently thought John Kerry would make a good president.) 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!
Kind of prophetic, wouldn't you say?

Oh, and did we mention, we're available for interviews with any talk-radio host, reporter, columnist or blogger who wants to discuss Democratic Party corruption? (Bloggers: Send e-mails CC'd to Lynn and me, and include your blog's URL.)

Lynn has already been on Fox News' "Dayside," Michael Medved, Kirby Wilbur, Mark Larson and "Mancow in the Morning." Together, we've been on G. Gordon Liddy, Jim Bohannon and Craig Roberts. I've been doing a daily schedule of local talk-radio from Seattle to Baltimore to San Antonio to Vermont. And if you guys want to talk about immigration ... heh. There's a DONKEY CONS angle to that, too.


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UPDATE, 11:30 a.m EDT: Pelosi is a San Francisco Democrat whose support from the party's left wing made her the natural choice for House Minority Leader back when the Deaniacs and the LoseOn crowd were triumphantly celebrating their newfound power. But now the moonbats are turning their knives on Nancy:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has taken some beatings recently in the liberal blogosphere.
An online poll at the leading blog Daily Kos put her approval rating at 19 percent. By comparison, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean garnered 84 percent.
When she posted to the blog last Wednesday, describing her resolution calling for ethics investigations, readers offered excoriating reviews: “She is out of touch and
dragging down the party,” wrote one. “Pelosi has zero credibility with me,” averred another. ...

“The whole Democratic ‘leadership’ has failed us and must be voted out to make way for progressives,” wrote one commenter on DailyKos.

Pelosi is a born-rich/married-richer airhead, just like John Kerry. Pelosi's elitism, political tone deafness and complete lack of strategic vision is perfectly suited to making sure she will continue to be the House Minority Leader. Go read the whole thing. Heh. And then buy DONKEY CONS.