Tuesday, May 30, 2006

I Love This

Once again Harry Reid is in the ethics crossfire. While actively involved in pushing legislation that would directly impact one of his home state's primary sources of income, he accepted free boxing tickets.

Naturally, when it comes to this "appearance of corruption" leftoids are less than impressed.

Kos says:

At a time when "corruption" literally means the buying of congressmen and legislation with cash, boats, houses, and hookers, we're supposed to get upset because Reid (a former boxer and boxing commissioner in Nevada) got free tickets to a boxing match?

Muckracker says:

I have to say that Reid seems remarkably incorruptible.

Of course, one has to except the premise that the boxing industry itself is not corrupt to go the extra mile that these two apologists have. Ya right.

When you add in recent revelations about William Jefferson, Robert Toricelli, Alan Mollohan, Cynthia McKinney, Patrick Kennedy, and other allegations against Reid himself, the "culture of corruption" begins to look more and more like a Washington thing than a Republican thing.

Of course, that is what most of us have been saying all along. The problem for Democrats is that the more they scream about corruption on the other side, the more they can expect their own to become front and center. That's how it works, despite the Left's refusal to see (again and again) how they fall into their own traps.

Speaking of which, if there could be absolutely no appearance of corruption in Reid's accepting the tickets, why did not one but two Republicans either refuse the tickets or recuse themselves from the issue?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) insisted on paying $1,400 for the tickets he shared with Reid for a 2004 championship fight. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) accepted free tickets to another fight with Reid but already had recused himself from Reid's federal boxing legislation because his father was an executive for a Las Vegas hotel that hosts fights.

As someone pimping his anger at the culture of corruption, one might think Reid would be smart enough to distance himself from the appearance of his own. But I guess not.

Of course, Reid could just blame Ambien and the press will likely forget this ever happened.

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