July 25, 2008

It's Like a Culture of Corruption!

Professor Glenn Daltry would say "meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

Kim Strassel's Potomac Watch column today is a grim reminder of just how corrupt our Congress really is.

The corporate world got an early taste of this last year, when New York Sen. Chuck Schumer used his majority status to take advantage of his home-state financial industry. It works like this: Mr. Schumer steps up to protect hedge funds and private equity from his own party's threats of taxation. In return, a grateful industry writes enormous campaign checks that Mr. Schumer, as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is now using to increase his party's majority. Somewhere, Mr. DeLay is whistling in appreciation.

In private, and public, Democrats are telling companies they're frustrated with what they view as too slow a shift in the political makeup of lobby shops. New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez recently quipped that if companies didn't start sending friendlier faces, they might find it "a little difficult at the end of the day for them to achieve the success they want." North Dakota's Byron Dorgan (who apparently has read the ethics law) clarified: "It's not about how many Democrats are hired. It's about how they weigh in on issues." Got that, corporate America? You can still employ Republicans, just so long as they act like Democrats.

She's sadly right that Republicans were no better, and that these pages were ripped from the Hammer Handbook. And she is right that there is a double standard on press outrage. What I cannot understand is why so few people care that these banana republic tactics (Mmmm. Bananas) live on in Washington.

110th Congress Posted by John Kranz at July 25, 2008 11:44 AM

The Refugee agrees with JK that the Republicans have behaved no better than Democrats since about 2000. And there's the rub. Republicans must hold to a higher standard, and when they do, they get elected. We complain about media bias, Congressional double standards and the like. To paraphrase Phil Gramm, we've become a party of whiners. Even if the complaints are rooted in fact, we've seen time and again that when Republicans uphold high standards, they get elected regardless of media bias. The body politic is not as stupid as is widely reported.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 25, 2008 12:10 PM | What do you think? [1]