January 1, 2007


Democrats' ethics proposals weaker than some states' (David D. Kirkpatrick, January 1, 2007, NY Times)

The Democrats taking over the U.S. Congress this week are promising sweeping changes to ethics and lobbying laws, pledging to clean up after a spate of corruption scandals under Republican rules.

So far, however, their proposals are not as comprehensive or far-reaching as changes already adopted by many states. [...]

To enforce their rules, more than half the states have also created independent ethics watchdogs, outside the control of the lawmakers they police — something members of Congress have so far resisted.

Leave it to Democrats to run on the one thing they had the least intention of actually changing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 1, 2007 11:39 AM

Clinton's most ethical administration ever culminated in Sandy Berger burglarizing the National Archives. BTW - I read that all the archive files have been scanned so it is known what Sandy took or redacted. That's good news.

Posted by: erp at January 1, 2007 4:06 PM

Any one of these: Murtha, impeached-judge Hastings, dough-in-the-fridge Jefferson, baby-sitting Conyer, Vegas-land-deal Reid, or non-profit-subsidized whoever, in their ethics committees? Fox guards the hen house? I hope those righteous right wingers who sat out the election sleep well in next two years.

Posted by: ic at January 1, 2007 11:13 PM

Look at the bright side - if the next Congress follows Bill Clinton's lead in ethics, by Nov. 2008 we can expect to see Murtha and Mollohan indicted (or resigned), Conyers under pressure, Jefferson in jail, and Harry Reid under investigation. Plus a drumbeat about Dianne Feinstein's husband and his exclusive contracts in Iraq. Not to mention any potential sexual landmines out there.

"Had enough?"

But, the GOP has to go a step beyond and offer actual ideas. The press isn't going to carry its water (although it looks like the WaPo wants to nail Murtha).

erp - some of what Berger filched were notes and other ancillary papers which may not have been part of original documents (and therefore were never copied).

Posted by: ratbert at January 1, 2007 11:27 PM

No one cares about congressional ethics.

Posted by: oj at January 2, 2007 1:52 PM