DURST: The House Ethics Committee

The House Ethics Committee, which of course is a lot like saying the Mojave Desert Yacht Club, or the Upper Michigan Ballet Company or the Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion Moment of Humor, has dismissed several charges against Newt Gingrich. No big deal. It's like passing up the overdone Swedish meat balls at an all you can eat buffet. Plenty of soggy teriyaki chicken wings, not to mention crusty macaroni and cheese to choose from. And rolls. Splintered wicker baskets full of dead rolls.Here's the problem. The Committee has five Republican members and five Democrats, and the rules require six votes for any action to be taken. So each party is climbing all over themselves for propaganda bragging rights. David Bonior (D- Mich.), says they've "dealt another crippling blow to his term as speaker", while Republicans cite this action as an indication that the Democratic charges against the Newtster are baseless. What's going to happen here is easier to figure out than the ending of a Roadrunner cartoon: Democrats will insist "he's a crook" and the Republicans will sing back "no he's not", and nobody's going to cross party lines unless his hand gets caught in their pants. So here's hoping Gingrich has left some fingernail clippings in other people's pockets.Will Durst has holes in his pockets. I bet some Congressmen develop them as well.

#story_page_ below_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.