Congress and Corruption

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Like cheese and wine.

What’s absolutely aggravating is that despite this brazen, wanton act of blatant quid pro quo…

The executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said she thinks there’s virtually no chance of the famously inactive House ethics committee pursuing the issue.

“I think that this is a highly unlikely thing for the ethics committee do anything about,” Melanie Sloan said.

Thing is, Murkowski, Young, and Stevens boasted about this kind of shit. They said they were going to do it, they did it, and they’ve been getting away with it. Well. A little. Young and Stevens are both under federal investigation, now. But it’s telling that we got a federal criminal investigation before we got any real effort on the part of Congress to police its own. You would think that these sorts of shady shenanigans would trigger an ethics complaint before they rise to the level of a federal crime.

Then again, this is Congress. So maybe you wouldn’t think that at all.

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