TLP: Rope and Spanking are Much More Fun Without the Politics
Leave it to Tim Kaine and Nancy Pelosi to try to clean up the spreading mess made by their fellow Democrats in scandals related to alleged dirty money, bullying and sexual harassment. Deflect, deflect, deflect.
Recent weeks have seen the implosion in New York of the political careers of Gov. David Paterson (maybe a bully) and Congressmen Charles Rangel (money questions) and Eric Massa ("salty language" for starters), all Democrats. Throw in a little John Edwards, mix in some Rod Blagojevich and top it with a nice Eliot Spitzer, and Republicans are foaming at the mouth more than usual.
Jeff Zeleny details it in a Political Memo for the NYT:
Taken together, the cases have opened the party to the same lines of criticism that Democrats, led by Representatives Nancy Pelosi, now the House speaker, and Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, used effectively against Republicans in winning control of the House and Senate four years ago.
The mix of power and the temptations of corruption can be a compelling political narrative at any time. But with voters appearing to be in an angry mood and many already inclined to view all things Washington with mistrust, the risks for Democrats could be that much greater this year.
Which is where Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, steps up to remind us of Tom Delay's epic "Dancing with the Lobbyists" production and the delightful Jack Abramoff drama. To Kaine, the recent Democratic troubles are a New York thing, while the GOP scandals were, you know, worse.
“I would never say that folks should be blithe about their ethical responsibilities. But I think it’s quite a bit different,” Mr. Kaine said Thursday in an interview. “But a couple things that happened in the same week in one state is different than the kind of corruption that roped members of Congress in from all over the country.”
And Nancy brought out her spanking hand.
Ms. Pelosi moved quickly this week to deal with escalating criticism surrounding Mr. Rangel, who was admonished by the House ethics committee for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean. ...
Ms. Pelosi dismissed the criticism on Thursday that Democrats had not lived up to their promise to sweep away a culture of corruption on Capitol Hill. She also noted that she had established an outside group to receive complaints about members of Congress, which could be easily referred to the House ethics committee.
Nice teamwork, you two. But you're going to leave bruises.