Some things never change in DC, do they? Posted by: McQ
on Friday, November 10, 2006
Especially inside the beltway and when a politician or politicians are involved, regardless of party ... or because of it:
Mr.[Alcee] Hastings was, in the outgoing 109th Congress, the second-ranked Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. But the Washington Post's Charles Babington first reported more than a year ago, in a story that has never been denied (indeed, it has been confirmed in the congressman's hometown newspaper, the Miami Herald) that Ms. Pelosi plans to replace the committee's current ranking Democrat, California Representative Jane Harman, with Mr. Hastings who would be installed as committee chairman when the 110th Congress begins. The move would be a payback to the Congressional Black Caucus, to whose support Pelosi owes her election as Minority Leader and whose members she angered by picking Ms. Harman to be ranking member over Georgia Rep. Sanford Bishop in 2003. The incoming Speaker must also mollify the Black Caucus for having pushed Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson (he of the frozen cash) off the Ways and Means Committee.
Political competence replaced with an ethically challenged incompetent who shouldn't even be in Congress in order to pay a political debt.
Yeah, the Democrats are going to change the way business is done in Washington, aren't they?
Oh, and an interesting little side note. As you know, Hastings was a federal judge who was impeached for taking a $150,000 bribe. It was a Democratic controlled Congress which impeached him.
Voting for impeachment?
Among those voting to impeach him were Ms. Pelosi herself, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic whip who is likely to become the new House majority leader, and Mr. Hastings' fellow African-American Congressman, Michigan's John Conyers, who took pains to deny that race had anything to do with the removal of the bribe-taking jurist.
Not ethical enough to sit on the federal bench, but apparently just fine to take the critical Intelligence committee from Jane Harmon. The Democrats have no control over who the people choose to represent them. But, that said, they don't have to elevate a known crook over a woman who has proven her competence and is at least ethical (in comparison) - not to mention senior. It makes no logical sense. Politics over country.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
But, if they are a minority (racial, gender, or sexual), or if they mouth the coastal elitist mantras, they can not be bad.
Interesting to note how, eventhough the likelyhood of a Hastings House Intel Chair was well known for some time, the MSM avoided this story like the plague... as they have avoided the Jefferson and Mendendez stories.
The difference between the parties is not in their propensity for corruption, but whether the MSM clarions go off when the corruption is exposed.