DURST: The House Ethics Committee

Now let me get this straight: the Republicans are refusing to allow the ethics committee to complete its Gingrich investigation until two weeks after scheduling a vote on his punishment. Does this mean they're going to sentence him before finding out what he did? Now that can't be good. You might as well throw judicial darts at a floating sentence chart before hearing the victim's testimony.Then some couple in Florida who just happen to be heavily involved in Democratic fundraising just happen to have a police scanner in their car and just happen to tape a conference call they pick up off a cell phone with a tape recorder they just happen to be packing at the time. What are the odds? I mean who doesn't carry a tape recorder and a police scanner in the car with them at all times? Along with ceremonial bamboo altars, minor league pitching rubbers and small unconstructed antediluvian dinosaur skeletons. This conversation features the Speaker of the House who has been cautioned not to design his defense, designing his defense.And so who gets in trouble? The Speaker for grossly ignoring the panel's directive, right? No, the Congressman to whom the Florida couple gave the tape. You know, sometimes I think the only way to deal with American politics is 50 cc. of Thorazine three times a day.Will Durst's head hurts.

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