2008 was the year of Democratic Reps. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, Charlie “Sweetheart Deals” Rangel, and former Detroit Mayor Kwame “Text Me” Kilpatrick. It was the year Democratic Massachusetts State Senator Dianne Wilkerson got caught stuffing bribes from an FBI informant down her shirt. It was the year 12 Democratic leaders and staffers in Pennsylvania’s state Capitol were stung in a massive corruption scandal involving cash, sex and abuse of public office. And it was the year of multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandals at Democratic satellite offices of ACORN and the SEIU.Nancy Pelosi and others have routinely chastised the Republicans for corruption, and in many cases there were right to do so. The GOP in the past has been quick to jump on Democratic ethics and corruption scandals, so neither party is free of this taint.
The Democrats have met the culture of corruption, and it looks like it ain’t just elephants among the jackasses soiling public office.
Reader k. e-mails: “How could you leave out Elliot Spitzer from your blog of Democratic scandals in 2008?” Ah, yes! Client Number 9 is in a category all his own.
I have a word of advice for both parties. If you want to talk about corruption, stick with specific cases of it. Attempting to paint the other party with a wide brush of a culture of corruption is always going to boomerang on you. Guaranteed.
Update: Don't get too excited about a burgeoning scandal. But you can bet that it won't be pursued cautiously.