Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Innocent Until Proven Republican

More of the same. Nancy Pelosi says the Republicans are "lowering their ethical standards."
Is that possible?

"After a debate lasting two and a half hours, the Republicans voted for a new procedure under which the House party leaders would have 30 days to deliberate if one of their colleagues were indicted on a felony charge. At the end of the 30 days, the leaders would decide whether to ask the person under indictment to step aside at least temporarily.

The new rule supplants one that required a leadership member facing a felony indictment to step aside immediately." - NY Times

Huzzah for Tom DeLay.

But, due to this, some Republicans may be finally jumping ship or, at least, edging out further on the gangplank. Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut (R), called the change "a mistake."
"If Republicans believe that an indicted member should be allowed to hold a top leadership position in the House of Representatives, their arrogance is astonishing," the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, said in a statement.
But it isn't really astonishing, is it?