No less a personage than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi solemnly assured us in 2006, before assuming office, that the Democrats "intend to lead the most honest, the most open and most ethical Congress in history. . . " And, not content with having promised it in 2006, she repeated the same promise earlier his year, when the first clouds over Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York) were gathering on the horizon -- notice how she interrupts the reporter to assure him that she is fulfilling her promise right now:
As you can hear in the video, she noted for the record, after the House Ethics Committee had admonished Rangel for taking lobbyist-funded trips to the Caribbean:
“Obviously, they have other issues to deal with,” Pelosi said at her Friday press briefing. “But I thank them for taking this action. I hope that they will have other action soon. But they did not take action against him. They just said he did not willfully break the rules. But we’ll just see what happens next, what comes out of the committee next.”
That was in February -- now we are in August. And Nancy Pelosi's "most ethical House ever" is already, even before the November elections, a lame duck. Both Charles Rangel and the latest member of Congress to be charged with ethics violations, the Hon. Maxine Waters (D-California), insist that they will have their day in court. Well, good luck -- it may well be that the "most honest, most open and most ethical Congress in history" will somehow manage to waddle and waddle in its deliberations over what must be tried and decided until after the November elections, in the hope that no one by then will remember what the Speaker said.
In the meantime, in order to keep memories fresh, blogs should continually rerun this video of the Hon. Maxine Waters lambasting then-Speaker Newt Gingrich over his "ethical violations", back in 1995. (Sorry, no embed is possible, but check out the link at C-Span.)
What goes around, comes around: "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" -- eh, Ms. Waters? It looks as though it is now your turn to be on the spit, and for good reason.
The name for this phenomenon is "poetic justice" -- than which there is nothing sweeter under the sun.