Much as in 2017, Democrats and their media are posturing as vocal defenders of the Office of Congressional Ethics against House Republican efforts to rein it in. But the leading opponents of the office have been Democrats, specifically, members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Rangel protested his punishment to the very end, and his allies in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) rose to his defense. Now some of Rangel’s staunchest supporters have resolved to go after the independent panel that dredged up the most damning evidence against the 80-year-old congressional veteran, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). As more of their colleagues come under scrutiny, some CBC Democrats say they will even consider teaming up with the incoming GOP House majority to gut the ethics panel—or even eliminate it entirely.”
“Back in the spring, a group of twenty CBC members signed onto a resolution to rein in the OCE and curtail its authority to make investigations public, arguing that the office was destroying political reputations and victimizing black lawmakers.”
Until recently, the media kept running stories claiming that black House members were more likely to be targeted with ethics charges. Now the racist OCE has become the only defense of good government.
The hypocrisy is as typical as it is contemptible.