Democrat sex scandals in the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history

This is a Democrat congressional representative, a David Wu (D-OR) that has been accused of an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the teenage daughter of a longtime friend, and this is only the latest scandal to engulf the troubled Oregon Democrat.

The Oregonian reported that the 56-year-old Wu “acknowledged a sexual encounter to his senior aides but insisted it was consensual,” according to sources aware of the incident.{1}

tigerNo one should take any joy at the expense of David Wu, except when reflecting upon incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 2006 pledge that Democrats would lead “the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history.”  Pelosi, and her Democrat entourage, rode to Washington dominance on the Mark Foley scandal, the Jack Abramoff scandal, the Tom Delay matter, and Duke Cunningham’s shenanigans.  Pelosi, and her entourage, used Republican hypocrisy at every opportunity to take back the house.  They told voters back then that there was something systemically wrong with the way Republicans ran Congress prior to 2006.  To paraphrase Obama’s reverend Pelosi’s chickens have come home to roost.

Other than the most recent Democrat sex scandal involving David Wu, we have had an Anthony Weiner weiner scandal, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Charles Rangel tax scandal, and Eric Massa, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Alcee Hastings, and James Clyburn have had their own ethics violations that include sex scandals, giving congressional scholarships to grandsons, and influence peddling.

“We have come here to drain the swamp,” a sanctimonious Speaker, named Nancy Pelosi, said when she and her fellow Democrats created an Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate all congressional misconduct.  “The New Direction Congress will for the first time open the ethics process up to the participation of our fellow citizens, which will make this institution more accountable.”

That, I must admit, was a noble cause.  It’s backfired.  When you drain the swamp, you’re usually left with the bottom feeders.  Two years into the tenure of the OCE, Pelosi began backpedaling, as she heard horror stories of the OCE’s aggressiveness, and its release of documents that reflected badly on congressional members.  Woops!  They found stuff that reflected badly on Democrats.

Even Nancy Pelosi engaged in what some have considered unethical actions when she paid her husband nearly $100,000 from one of her political action committees.  This isn’t illegal, but she supported such a ban on this very activity prior to the election that took her to the role of her lifetime Speaker of the House.  She even supported a bill, that passed her house, that would’ve banned spouses from sitting on a politician’s campaign staff.  Paul F. Pelosi is her treasurer.  In other words, Nancy Pelosi violated that which she considered “ethical” and “open” behavior.

The thing of it is when a Republican is caught in such scandals, and they are, talking heads, political analysts, and Nancy Pelosi and her entourage say that those Republicans are acting in a hypocritical manner.  Their implicit and explicit claims are that when a person does not espouse ethical and moral beliefs they cannot be held to account for nefarious activities.  They never told you that they were anything they weren’t goes the line.  The assumption one makes, based on that line of thinking is  that it’s just safer to lead an immoral and unethical lifestyle in politics.  Either that, or for the love of God don’t tell people you’re moral.  That makes them feel bad or something, and if you commit some sort of nefarious act down the line, they’ll come after you harder because you made them feel bad when you said you were moral.

All right, if that’s the modus operandi in Washington, why isn’t Nancy Pelosi facing the hard retribution.  She claimed that she would run “the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history.”  So doesn’t that make her a hypocrite on all counts?  Well, she didn’t cover moral, so maybe that’s her out.  Her response on this, and other similar issues, is “we can talk about the past, but I’d rather talk about the future.”  I’m sure she would rather not talk about the present either.

Republicans couldn’t have written this any better, if they decided to write a screenplay about this.  If Rush Limbaugh had written a Morning Update detailing all of this to the letter, people would’ve poo poo’d it as implausible.  Is it too early, too late, or too unseemly for Republicans to crow about this?  Again, no one should celebrate the individual lives and careers that have been ruined here, but past history dictates that Democrats would call hypocrisy on any Republican administration or session of Congress that failed to live up to their claims of transparency, honesty, and ethics so miserably.



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