Pelosi cleans up
“Ethics in politics is not the same as ethics in real life,” Wall Street JournalcolumnistDanielHenninger writes.
“Ethics in politics is a martial art. Thebiggestmistakeyoucanmakeis thinkingthattheethicspackageproposed by new Speaker Nancy Pelosi ismainlyabout‘cleaningup’politics. Maybe.Butit’sfirstofallaboutcleaning the clocks of the Republicans,” Mr. Henninger said.
“The House Republicans got lazy. Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay, earmarks,DukeCunningham,BobNey. When Nancy Pelosi saw the Republicanshaddevelopedacompulsionto flagrantlythrowtheirweightaround, she grabbed them by the lapels of their Hickey Freeman suits, hoisted themintotheairandslammedthem onto the House floor, shrieking ‘the most corrupt Congress in history!’ That’s right. In history.
“Ms. Pelosi started the long road to earning a black belt in political ethics(again,nottobeconfusedwith ethics as taught at, say, Aquinas College) back in 1987 by studying the Master — Newt Gingrich. That was the year Nancy Pelosi entered the House as a California freshperson. And that was the year Newt Gingrich turned ethics into a weapon against the imperious Democratic House Speaker Jim Wright, who left in disgrace two years later. ‘We cur- rently have the least ethical speaker in the 20th century,’ said Grandmaster Gingrich. Nancy noticed.”
Thecolumnistadded:“Exploiting this gain, Speaker Pelosi is breaking a champagne victory bottle over the hull of a new set of House ethics rules. If you stare at these rules awhile, eventually you notice that they are less about the members of Congress than about They are about the bad people who lead the innocent lambs of Congress astray.Theyareabout‘lobbyists’and ‘privateinterests’and,notleast,‘corporate jets,’ which for the modern memberofCongressappeartobethe rough equivalent of demon rum.”