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Forcing Democrats to Do the Right Thing

Filed under: General,Politics — Patterico @ 5:58 am

Is it really necessary to force the expulsion of William Jefferson now that he has been indicted?

I guess so.

19 Responses to “Forcing Democrats to Do the Right Thing”

  1. Democrats doing the right thing? I wish Bush’s DOJ would do the right thing. But fresh from prostrating themselves before Sandy Berger, I believe they will also capitulate before William Jefferson.

    Perfect Sense (b6ec8c)

  2. The Great Orange Satan is doing his part.

    Why is Jefferson still in the House?

    Andrew J. Lazarus (7d46f9)

  3. No, the Republicans ought to leave this entirely to the Democrats; don’t force anything. Let’s see what they do.

    As for me, given that Mr Jefferson has not been convicted of anything, I hope he stays in office — so that we can point out the differences between how the Democrats treat one of their own and how they treated Tom DeLay, who has also not been tried yet.

    And Mr Jefferson remaining in office is just one more bit of corruption to pin on the Democrats. After all, the good citizens of the Second District of Louisiana voted to re-elect him, even knowing about his activities.

    Dana (3e4784)

  4. Pat, you make me laugh.

    Scroll down, you’ll find Jefferson too.

    AF (4a3fa6)

  5. Funny AF…

    I don’t see Clinton anywhere on there…

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  6. Let us not overlook Alan Mollohan, who, I am informed, still sits on the Appropriations Committee, indeed the very subcommittee that controls Appropriations for the DoJ, despite the fact that the DoJ is investigating him.

    LarryD (feb78b)

  7. September 29, 2005, in The Hill:
    “House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) temporarily resigned his leadership position yesterday after an indictment by a Texas grand jury over his connection to a political action committee in that state.”

    “Stung by criticism that they were lowering ethical standards, House Republicans on Monday night reversed a rule change that would have allowed a party leader to retain his position even if indicted.
    Lawmakers and House officials said Republicans, meeting behind the closed doors of the House chamber, had acted at the request of the House majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay, who had been the intended beneficiary of the rule change.”

    No sympathy for Mollohan.

    AF (4a3fa6)

  8. Allow me to point out that the desire to be rid of Jefferson, voluntarily or otherwise, is all over the left blogs. Great Orange Satan, Atrios,

    Andrew J. Lazarus (7d46f9)

  9. Bush is here in Germany at the moment and the highest german court only allowed 50 demonstrants to demonstrate against mr. bush near the airport. Thats germany. Heiko :-)

    Klettergriffe (4627c7)

  10. But but but, I was told this is the most ethical congress in history…..

    Capitalist Infidel (fffac6)

  11. I bet Bush pardons Jefferson.

    If we start sending people to jail just for bribing Nigerian officials, there’d be nobody left to run the government.

    alphie (015011)

  12. I’m with Dana. Let them wear the stinky albatross.

    Glen Wishard (b1987d)

  13. Jefferson was just indicted yesterday ya know.

    But how much longer will we have to wait for Alberto to be ousted?

    Psyberian (9a155b)

  14. You have nothing to say about Libby?

    I say, Jefferson and all the lying cheating
    bastards who abuse the public trust should
    serve their time living in Section 8 housing
    while using only public transportation to their minimum wage jobs flipping burgers. Oh, and disgorge all their ill-gotten gains gleaned from their
    purloined political office and place it in trust for Iraq war veterans and their dependents.

    Semanticleo (710d38)

  15. Glen Wishard wrote:

    I’m with Dana.

    For that fine comment, you win a free subscription to Common Sense Political Thought! :)

    Dana (1f0f07)

  16. You have nothing to say about Libby?

    1. I just got home from work and the gym.

    2. Is there anything original for me to say?

    Patterico (eeb415)

  17. The reason Delay became an albatross was the press focused like a laser on his indictment. Without mentioning the prosecutor’s political agendaa.

    My guess is Dollar Bill will get the page 34 treatment if any. How often does Murtha’s Abscam past show up?

    Eric (09e4ab)

  18. Jefferson was just indicted yesterday ya know.

    But how much longer will we have to wait for Alberto to be ousted?

    If you go by the Jefferson math, abour 2 years…

    Scott Jacobs (a1de9d)

  19. Oddly enough, I’m siding with Jefferson here. It is wrong to expel people based on allegations. It looks like he did it, and will be convicted, but THAT’s the time to expel him, not because someone said he did something wrong.

    Kevin (1c20c1)

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