Reps. Fudge, Clyburn and their colleagues propose to make legitimate criticism of black and female officials—those who are Democrats, that is—impossible, one word at a time.
David De La Fuente of The Daily Beast—I turned off my adblocker for this?—insists that the successful candidates who have prevailed so far “should band together and threaten to boycott the December Democratic debate unless the DNC and media partners agree to not exclude candidates who have shown measurable public support before the voting begins.”
Feeling better, or was until I wrote this post…
Even Charles Blow asks…”What are those Democratic voters supposed to do who don’t trust the candidate, the party or the process, even if they view The Donald as the Devil?”
Cutting ethics oversight is the perfect example of being “penny wise and pound foolish,” though that old saw trivializes the outrageousness of Watt’s amendment. If the United States thinks it has problems now, just wait until corruption gets into its bloodstream and turns the nation into a culture of “cheat the other guy before he can cheat you.”
Even though Congress is a cesspool of corruption, and even though the Office of Congressional Ethics has represented a welcome, if small, step forward in efforts to change the culture on Capitol Hill, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are primarily interested in protecting their unethical colleagues and are willing to use racial politics to do it.