The Culture of Corruption

posted at 10:23 am on April 26, 2006 by Michelle

Top Democrat Leaving Ethics Panel
Mollohan’s ‘Cheat River’ Deal
National Legal and Policy Center
House Ethics Committee
Mollohan’s Farm

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I have decided that it is not possible to get tired of Dr. Dean’s “YEEAAARRRRRGGHHH!!!” :-)

whatnext on April 26, 2006 at 10:31 AM

It is so unfair of you to highlight the attempts of the “little people” to make ends meet. I don’t know how you can expect congresspersons to make iton the pittance they get for their years of onerous service on our behalf.

old_dawg on April 26, 2006 at 10:39 AM

Cheat River? Watch out for the ‘white water’?

How can ya’ not love Michelle?!

allie on April 26, 2006 at 10:41 AM

Another exellent Vent! Loved the fishing pole line, haha!

MalkinFan on April 26, 2006 at 10:44 AM

Ooh, “The Culture of Corruption.” There are few catchphrases more pompous in the history of politics. The fact that this guy was on the ethics committee ought to leave quite a sting. Can’t wait to see more scumbags taken down.

Also, Michelle, you are such a mom. Barbie fishing poll yesterday, 409 today, what are you going to do tomorrow? Put some mom spit on the camera to wipe off a smudge? Toss a Kidz Bop CD at us? Heh.

Keep up all the good work!

Savage on April 26, 2006 at 10:49 AM

Great to see that someone is keeping tabs on the culture of corruption on the other side of the aisle as well.
Keep up the good work Michelle!

webproze on April 26, 2006 at 10:52 AM

No way Mollohan could be a part of the “Culture of Corruption” after all, he is a democrat. We all know democrats are honest, not like across the aisle. Uh-huh.

I love the cheat river thing, maybe he got picked that area when he noticed his friend Teddy Kennedy named his dog “Splash”. Ya just can’t make these things up.

Wade on April 26, 2006 at 10:53 AM

You mean Democrats are engaged in corruption?!?

Get the heck outta here!!!

:sarcasm off

thirteen28 on April 26, 2006 at 11:04 AM

Nice report.

see-dubya on April 26, 2006 at 11:05 AM

“CHEAT” River! How convenient!

bucktowndusty on April 26, 2006 at 11:13 AM

There’s an old saying, “the guilty dog barks first”, Dean and his cohorts might ought to quit barking.

JB on April 26, 2006 at 11:18 AM

Cheat River, I love it. Even before rising real estate prices, several dozen condos? That’s big bucks, even a few years ago. If this guy is re-elected, then the system is really broken.

oregonisgreat on April 26, 2006 at 11:28 AM

Watching Vent today, it felt like I had been invited over to a small “group” meeting that included an infomal presentation with some food on a table nearby. Very endearing, friendly, and definingly different. Can see a food fight coming soon. :-)))

It will be interesting to see if you feel a need to move towards a more sophisticated style. I kind of like the blue geans approach to signal you are not MSM.

I think the quality of your “points,” combined with your initial “style” might be an advantage.

rodgers on April 26, 2006 at 11:41 AM

rodgers: “I kind of like the blue geans approach to signal you are not MSM.”

Um, yeah… there’s that reason, too. ;>)

PSurf on April 26, 2006 at 11:54 AM

Another great “Vent” Michelle!

KingKidX on April 26, 2006 at 11:57 AM

Said Mollohan:

“Don’t cheat you
don’t cheat me
cheat that man behind the tree”

Khyber Pass on April 26, 2006 at 11:59 AM

Top Democrat leaving ethics panel? HA!

It should read: “Typical corrupt Democrat leaving ethics panel.”

Khyber Pass on April 26, 2006 at 12:02 PM

Way to “follow the money” Michelle!

Liberals believe that money is the root of all evil. Actually, it is the LOVE of money that is the root of all evil! This also showed itself in the campaign finance debate. We don’t need more rules. We just need full disclosure. Then the people can decide who are the stewards and who are the snakes.

financelawyer on April 26, 2006 at 12:16 PM

Nice to see Michelle acknowledge that there is a bipartisan “Culture of Corruption” in Washington. These things go back and forth. Usually, it’s the party in power that becomes most corrupt, because they actually have the ability to deliever the goods. That’s pretty much what we have today.

Since Michelle thinks that the Culture of Corruption is bipartisan, I would like to see her list the top 10 on both sides, along with their respective violations. That would be interesting.

John Plato on April 26, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Khyber Pass, Like Twain said, you repreat yourself.


jj on April 26, 2006 at 12:36 PM

The “Culture of Corruption” can affect anyone in power. Difference is, when Republicans are exposed they take responsibility and resign (recently Cunningham and DeLay); Democrats don’t (Rostenkowski, Trafficant, and Berger).

Michelle doesn’t need to point out the Republicans: we have the MSM to do that.

dman on April 26, 2006 at 12:40 PM

“Temporary” resignation my patootie! That’s no better than temporarily steppng aside. What makes him think he can get his chair back after this HUGE problem of his? He still thinks he has no problem. Dims always chastise Repubs over the appearance of impropriety, while obvious examples on the part of Dims gets you the response “I didn’t do it, and nobody saw me do it, you can’t prove I did it therefore I did not do it because I am presumed innocent.” Or the algore response “I did not do it and I promise never to do it again.”

geekrunner on April 26, 2006 at 1:04 PM

My oh my…that’s quite the tawdry tale.

Thanks for helping to keep us informed, Michelle.

Ann on April 26, 2006 at 1:10 PM

Very well done. I usually shy away from online videos, but this is great.

The new site seems to be running very smoothly. Congratulations.

high_desert_wanderer on April 26, 2006 at 1:14 PM

I enjoyed your vent. The Cheat River, eh? Hmmm…

Marquis on April 26, 2006 at 1:24 PM

Watch out for the “white” water? In this atmosphere of mind eroding political correctness, shouldn’t it be watch out for the “multiethnic” water? Just wondering…

Great job on today’s Vent, Michelle.

DMan is correct that the MSM will point out the Republicans. I will add that the MSM will use their drive by tactics and focus on Republicans whether there is something wrong or not (case in point-Dan Rather Not Tell The Truth about Pres Bush’s Air National Guard service.)

The False Dervish on April 26, 2006 at 1:24 PM

Well done michelle! Love the site and love your vents. hotair is now my first stop every morning. Keep fighting the good fight!

chow on April 26, 2006 at 1:40 PM

Screamin’ Howie and Whitewater! LOL! Good one, Michelle. I’d heard about this crook thanks to blogs, not my local paper. They ran an article about the size of a postage stamp on the back page! The back page! If he’d been a Republican, we’d see Lindbergh baby headlines.

Keep up the good work!

jaleach on April 26, 2006 at 1:41 PM

Right on, jaleach! Imagine… just imagine, if this was a Republican we were talking about! Above the fold NYT, top story on CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, et al. Instead, we have to learn about this from Vent. It has barely registered a mention on the antique media.

West Coast Minority on April 26, 2006 at 2:35 PM

A great website that gets better every day. The video downloads faster today, and I’ve noticed that your Google PageRank (a measure of the importance of a website)went from 0 to 5 out of 10 overnight.

Michelle, you’re the best.

Regards from the Sunshine State to all of you!

The Floridian on April 26, 2006 at 4:11 PM

If the Democrats are serious about tackling the culture of corruption, why don’t they get out of the way and let the ethics panel get to work? They can start with McDermott. It shouldn’t take too long to determine his fate now that his case has been decided. Based on Delay’s “sentencing” he should resign. Any question of Republican behavior should be met immediately with “what about McDermott?”

It’s time for the GOP to turn up the heat on the donkey’s reluctance to settle the ethics issues. If every time they talked about corrupted culture they were met with charges of standing on the brakes of the ethics panel, they’d have to fold their tent.

Skyfrog on April 26, 2006 at 5:10 PM

It’s time for the GOP to get some stones. We can’t have our men and women in uniform putting their lives on the line while this sort of corruption continues.
There will come a day where good people will either say, Enough’s enough, or will opt out of the process.

there it is on April 26, 2006 at 5:22 PM

Thanks for highlighting another episode of the Culture of Corruption. It’s amazing the things we don’t hear of in the MSM. Seems this ranks up there with the other corruption the MSM has been leading with every hour. But it’s a no show there. And they SAY they don’t have an agenda?

chrisknits on April 26, 2006 at 5:23 PM

Another example of a Politician using OPM, others peoples money, to get rich. How is it these guys get elected, are flat broke, and after a few years in office they are all millionaires.

It is time the MSM starts investigating this stuff just like Michelle. There is now way a guy or gal making 140k a year in Washington becomes a millionaire without dipping into OPM.

It would be interesting to see how many have offshore bank accounts and visit those countries while on vacation.

ScottyDog on April 26, 2006 at 7:13 PM

Unfortunately, the obvious corruption of politicians like Cunningham and Mollohan is a miniscule issue compared to the main corruption problem, which is pols buying votes with taxpayers’ money. The only way to get at that corruption is something like term limits, so they can’t buy reelection. Since the Supreme Court, in an absurd decision, tossed out term limits for the Federal Congress, we seem to be stuck with the vote buying corruption problem, which gets worse every year with no solution in sight.

Orcaswa on April 26, 2006 at 8:03 PM

D.C. has been at this for so long, I dont think that they have it in them to change.

It is sad. The level of political apathy is scary. But I think that the Dems want it that way.(maby some RINO’s too).

Thank you for your daily helping of sanity.

JP : )

JP5150 on April 26, 2006 at 9:02 PM

Excellent Michelle.
Someone needs to clean house in West Virginia.
I grew up in West Virginia – and when I have
to see Byrd doing his finger-pointing in the
Senate I feel real bad.
I was very proud though to see how West Virginians
stood up for their gun rights and voted correctly
on a few things! Like the President!

Truth Defender on April 26, 2006 at 9:09 PM

They need to get the Mercedes convertable a judicial friend borrowed for a parade a couple decades back (he drove something far more modest). While I was getting ready to help him decorate it, I let out a Dean-like scream when I saw the personalized plate.

Yep, you guessed it ‘A Bribe’. I am not making that up. A couple of yard signs took care of the problem and the guy turned out to be one of the most honest judges that county ever had.

Mike O on April 26, 2006 at 9:45 PM

If Tony Snow ever bows out you are a shoe in for the job.

certaintruths on April 26, 2006 at 10:47 PM

Cheat River? Hmmmmmmm, very fitting for a cheat.

doll on April 26, 2006 at 10:58 PM

Michelle, please. When referring to the republicans it’s the “culture of corruption.” When referring to the democrats, it’s the “cultured of corruption.” Remember, that’s their nuanced preference.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on April 27, 2006 at 12:04 AM

It looks like Mollohan has been going to the Rick Santorum school of bank funded non-profits, or is it non-profit funded banks? Oh well – it’s sounds unethical no matter who does it. By the way, where does Rick live?

Zeus on April 27, 2006 at 2:21 AM

I love it Michelle! This vent has everything – Howard’s scream, whitewater, and the good old Cheat River. I cut my teeth on the Cheat.

airgun1 on April 27, 2006 at 6:48 AM

Excellent use of dots, well connected as usual.

When you have “futures” in your past, should you have you have another bite at the apple (even when you represent it as a “bagger”)? One never knows when the “chickens” will come home to roost, do they!

Highplains on April 27, 2006 at 7:05 AM

Keep shining your light on them.

proletarius on April 27, 2006 at 8:35 AM

Whitewater ?…ROTFLMAO !. An excellent, well documented report. Hot Air has become my first web stop every morning.

Da Bear

ursa5000 on April 27, 2006 at 10:01 AM