The Delayicans' purge does not escape the notice of the Moose.
Employing the cloak of the State of the Union Address, the House Republicans instituted a purge yesterday on the House Ethics Committee to protect their Chief Bug Man. Apparently, it was three strikes and Ethics panel Chief Joel Hefley was out after repeatedly scolding DeLay for violating the rules of the chamber.
The Washington Post reports,
"Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.), who clashed with DeLay so often that they barely spoke and was considered wayward by other leaders, was replaced yesterday with Rep. Richard Hastings (R-Wash.). Hastings has carried out other sensitive leadership assignments and is known as a favorite of Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), who made the decision."
The very same chamber where the President eloquently hailed the virtues of freedom was the site where Republicans were replacing the rule of law with the rule of the Bugman! And those very brave Republicans had the audacity to display their ink stained fingers as if they had risked all to defend the virtues of democracy! Why these courageous warriors would walk across a field of land mines to get a campaign check from a K Street lobbyist.
Have they no shame?
In addition to the Hefley purge, the democracy-loving Delayicans put two cronies of their Majority Leader on the Ethics Committee,
"Republican leaders put on the committee two new members who have donated to a DeLay legal fund: Rep. Lamar S. Smith (R-Tex..) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). Smith gave DeLay $10,000, making him among the seven largest donors among congressional members, and Cole gave $5,000, according to an analysis of disclosure records by the watchdog group Public Citizen. "
It would be ironic indeed if the future Iraqi parliament is less corrupt than our GOP dominated crony operated House of Representatives. And this latest act does give new meaning to the term "lower chamber."