Tuesday, April 11

Culture of Hypocrisy Update

I love hearing Democrats wail about Tom DeLay's redistricting as though he were some type of criminal. Gerrymandering has been part of House politics for years, but it was only OK when it benefited Democrats. Then the Abramhoff scandal breaks and Democrat politicians are out there squawking to their buddies in the MSM about the "culture of corruption," completely ignoring Abramhoff's dealings with people in their own party.

And now we have this. U.S. Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV). An excerpt:

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, also pointing out that Mollohan is the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct -- popularly known as the ethics committee.

"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....

"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.

Are you kidding me, Pelosi? "Not cast aspersions" on someone? How about you and yours and your "aspersions" for our commander in chief for the last six years? How about your aspersions on Tom DeLay's character? I could go on. The hypocrisy would be hilarious if they didn't continually get away with it.

I'm not saying all Republicans are holier than thou. The Cunningham incident she referenced was an embarrassment. What an idiot! But do you see Republicans rushing to his defense and beseeching Democrats not to cast aspersions on his character? No, we acknowledge that he's a crook and deserves the jail time. But I suppose asking members of a party who can't even admit their true ideology or political goals (namely to turn us into the next France) to be intellectually honest about anything else.

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