Monday, January 08, 2007


Chapter #345340985 Of Why Pelosi And Reid Mustn't "Play Nice" With The GOP Scorpions

The outgoing Republican Congress left, along with the undone budget bills for 2007 and reams of other legislation, this charming little time bomb:

Much has been made of the Republicans' gambit of passing the responsibility of several huge spending bills to the Democratic Congress, hoping to gum up the legislative works, but what of all those scandals they're passing along? At the House Appropriations Committee, the new chairman, Rep. David Obey (D-WI), had no sooner sat down and given his gavel a couple of test whacks before he was handed a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego demanding thousands of documents by January 11th. Even though prosecutors nailed Duke Cunningham, they continue to pursue the hanging threads of the investigation -- namely whether the defense contractors who bribed him had their hooks into other lawmakers and/or staffers. Since Duke's bad acts stretch back to at least 2000, it's a giant headache.
Which is why, if the Democrats are smart, they will proceed to give Republican dish-it-out-but-can't-take-it folks like John Boehner nothing but the backs of their hands.

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