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.

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