Court rules on search of Jefferson congresional office, House Republicans have a fit
A Federal appeals court has ruled that the FBI must return legislative items seized in a search of corrupt congressman William Jefferson, concurring with my opinon on the issue way back when.
Story in the Trib here.
On a tangentially related matter, the Republicans in the house went bananas a night ago over a screw-up with voting on a motion to reconsider. The presiding officer, a Democrat, called the vote for the Dems before all votes were in. It was later corrected, and Dem. Steny Hoyer even called for a re-vote just to put things straight.
It was messed up and not the proper thing to do, but the thing was absolutely benign compared to what the Republicans did with a bill last session, holding open the vote for something like 4 or 5 hours, in direct violation of house rules, in order to let disgraced crook Tom DeLay twist arms, and in at least one case, outright threaten another Republican that if he didn't vote Delay's way, the Republicans would ensure that his son, who was planning to run for office, would have everything but the kitchen sink thrown against him.
Not a peep out of the pious Republicans then.
But how refreshing to hear the Democrats actually admit that this procedural snafu was a mistake, take responsibility for it, and appologize and try to make it right. Hell, they're even calling for an investigation of it themselves!
This is what decency was like before the Republican era. This is the measure of integrity and class that was banished from the House by Newt Gingrich and the radical right.
A hell of a lot more honorable than the Republicans, who needless to say, are far too petty, dishonorable, and small to every do such a thing. And of course, they're too childish and petty to ever understand and move on. Instead they walked out of the house in a snit, accomplishing nothing, but ensuring that nothing got done in the House.