When you have the National Review:
By nothing more than dumb luck, the Republican-controlled Congress—lambasted for the junkets, earmarks, and “culture of corruption” that have aligned to produce the lowest approval ratings in memory—was handed a shot at some desperately needed redemption. All its leaders had to do was make the right choice between condemning the rankest corruption and displaying an outsized arrogance. Guess which one they chose?
To learn all you need to know about their ethics and judgment, look no farther than their outraged—and outrageous—reaction to the FBI’s execution this past Saturday of a court-authorized, highly deferential search warrant at the Capitol Hill office of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D., La.).***
This is delusional. Congress had a chance to come out swinging against corruption—to demonstrate, amid a slew of tawdry scandals, its recognition that public officials are subject to the same laws as ordinary citizens. The Republican leadership in particular should have seen an opportunity to redirect attention from its caucus’s lapses to a Democrat’s crude criminality. They chose, instead, to rally around an apparent swindler. We can think of 100,000 reasons why this will be remembered as an unparalleled blunder.
And speaking ofthe Daily Kos, they are just as disgusted by the performance of their Congressional ‘leaders’:
Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. Congress (with Pelosi’s acquiesence) has proven completely unwilling and unable to police its own. It has taken several justice department investigations to begin rooting out the deep corruption in the place. It’s a cesspool.
And there is NOTHING in the Constitution that places Congress above the laws faced by the rest of American citizens. If there is lawbreaking happening on Capito Hill, the Justice Department is duty bound to investigate and enforce the law.
And if Hastert and Pelosi can’t see that, then the place is truly completely hopeless.
When I see the Republican and Democratic leadership closing ranks to protect a crook, it briefly makes me want to go apologize to all the Naderites for making fun of their paranoid conspiracy theories.