Thats me paraphrasing Tom Delay, at Blogs for Bush, who actually said-"There are scandals that need to be addressed. Republicans address them, Democrats re-elect them.". Here are examples to back up this statement:
- Former Congressman Gerry Studds (D-MA) had sexual affair with a underage male page, and was reelected six times until he retired.
- Former Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-IL) indicted on statutory rape and child pornography charges in the summer of 1994 and was reelected that November with 90% of the vote. Bill Clinton commuted his sentence during his 11th hour pardon-spree in January 2001.
- Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is the target of a federal investigation, was forced (by Republicans) to step down from the ethics committee last year but was reelected in November.
- Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) was the target of a 2-year federal bribery investigation, had $90,000 in bribe money found in his freezer, and was still reelected last November.
- Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) was involved in the ABSCAM scandal, also apparently steered millions in federal funding to companies that were clients of his brother's lobbying firm. He was also reelected in November.
And so on. Just as I was saying the other day, the Right are too quick to join the Left and the Media in condeming bad behavior from conservatives. I think that ethics should be bipartisan, not just a set of rules on how the Republicans alone are to behave.