Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Crooks Still Inhabit Congress

Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) easily won reelection in Louisiana despite law enforcement finding $90,000 stashed in his freezer, while the same could be said of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), who as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee was in charge of writing tax law, but never could figure out how to pay all those taxes he owed over the years.

At the same time, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) won reelection despite the fact that he called his constituents racists and rednecks. It truly is amazing to see the cognitive dissonance involved in that one. Murtha will be reelected until he either dies in office or retires. And even then, I'm not sure that he wont continue to be reelected.

These three members of the House, along with their fellow Democrats will be setting policy for the next two years. Get used to higher taxes and fees, because that's their policy prescription.

On the other hand, we do get to say goodbye to Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-FL), who was bumped from Congress after he was found to be engaging in multiple affairs and may have used federal funds in the process of silencing his paramours.

At the state level, New York's State Senate appears on the verge of having a Democratic majority for the first time since the Great Depression. I'm sure that will work out famously.

UPDATE 11/05/2008:
This came in after I had already finished blogging for the evening, but Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK/Felon) was reelected by his constituents in Alaska. Nice.

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