Congressional Black Caucus gives Jefferson a standing ovation

posted at 12:37 pm on January 4, 2007 by Allahpundit

Identity politics knows nothing of $90,000 stashed in freezers.

On the same day that the 110th Democratic-led Congress convenes with a plan to immediately pass lobbyist and ethics reforms, the Congressional Black Caucus Thursday gave a standing ovation to Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who faces an FBI probe into bribery allegations.

“The haters… and negative nabobs…the people who spoke against him couldn’t prevail against the people who spoke for him,” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, master of ceremonies for the CBC’s celebratory event, said Thursday morning.

Actually, that standing O might have had nothing to do with Jefferson. I didn’t blog Conyers’s ethics scandal because there’s really no point in doing so: having passed over Alcee Hastings for Intel chair last month and stripped Jefferson of his seat on the Ways and Means Committee in June, ain’t no way no chance no how Pelosi is going to move against another black congressman in a leadership position. She alienated enough House members by opposing Hoyer that she can’t afford to antagonize the CBC now too. That round of applause for Dollar Bill might have been their way of showing solidarity just in case she’s thinking of booting Conyers.

Or, maybe they think it’s smart to make ostentatious shows of support for a guy facing serious corruption charges. Pelosi did it for Abscam Jack, didn’t she? Well, there you go.

Update: “The Democrats are back, and the C.B.C. is in the lead, in the lead!


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There’s only one thing worse than corrupt, crooked politicians and that’s corrupt, crooked politicians that know they are corrupt and crooked and don’t care . . . voila, the Congressional Black Caucus

rplat on January 4, 2007 at 12:43 PM

Pelosi says she wants to reform congressional ethics. She’s got a lot of material to work with. Besides, I think she was referring only to the Republicans.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 4, 2007 at 12:49 PM

Oh, the fun begins as they eat their own. I have my bag of popcorn at the ready watching it unfold. First 100 hours, huh? Let’s see how much they get done with all the in-fighting.

The children are taking over, and they want their fingerpaint now.

Enoxo on January 4, 2007 at 12:52 PM

I don’t understand why the Black Caucus needs to be so fixated on numbers. If a lawmaker is engaged in activities that cast the group in a bad light, I don’t understand why they defend him rather than take a different route and be the first to want him stripped of any responsibility. Same with Conyers. If he is screwing up, then the Black Caucus should call loudly for him to be punished for it. The Black Caucus should be sending a message that they will not tolerate ethics violations by their members rather than the message that if you are black, they will overlook your crimes.

Seems they are engaging in the very behavior they complain about the white “good ol’ boys” engaging in. They seem to always look the other way when one of their members engages in ethics violations and protest when one of their number is stripped of responsibility for it.

Idiots. They would gain more respect if they did the right thing.

crosspatch on January 4, 2007 at 12:56 PM

I’m going to throw up.

Zetterson on January 4, 2007 at 1:02 PM

Ethics are only relevant if they can be used to force Republicans from office. Otherwise they’re just suggestions.
How else do you think ColdCash Jefferson and Nancy Illeagls-in-the-Vineyards Pelosi stay in power.

Or you could say this is the most ethical congress because the press won’t investigate, and we’ll never know otherwise.

Iblis on January 4, 2007 at 1:04 PM

Foiled again.

Dave Shay on January 4, 2007 at 1:05 PM

They can cheer when Jefferson goes to prison, too.

mesablue on January 4, 2007 at 1:06 PM

And in other news, Ted the Swimmer was relected for his 103rd term.

*clap*clap*clap*clap*clap*clap*

Idiots.

fogw on January 4, 2007 at 1:07 PM

“I don’t understand why the Black Caucus….
They would gain more respect if they did the right thing.”

DO THE NAME RUBY BEGONIA STRIKE A FAMILIAR NOTE?

there it is on January 4, 2007 at 1:14 PM

He looks like the Grinch, doesn’t he?

Kralizec on January 4, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Argh! Can we please get rid of Keith Olbermann’s ugly mug to the right? Please?

Enoxo on January 4, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Sticking it to the man!

Pelosi is too in love with herself and drunk with power that she won’t do anything to upset the apple cart right now.

She’ll wait until MLK’s birthday to grease the skids for Billy Jeff.

JammieWearingFool on January 4, 2007 at 1:17 PM

Argh! Can we please get rid of Keith Olbermann’s ugly mug to the right? Please?

Enoxo on January 4, 2007 at 1:16 PM

Yes, but not without getting rid of everyone else who pays for this stuff, so I’m not going to tell you how to do it. It might offend our, um, hosts. You’ll just have to google for it yourself.

The Monster on January 4, 2007 at 1:25 PM

Or, maybe they think it’s smart to make ostentatious shows of support for a guy facing serious corruption charges.

In the proud tradition of the NAACP Image Award for R. Kelly…

marykatharine on January 4, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Or, maybe they think it’s smart to make ostentatious shows of support for a guy facing serious corruption charges.

posted at 12:37 pm on January 4, 2007 by Allahpundit

WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Majority Leader Tom DeLay spoke about the virtue of humility Thursday, telling a gathering to imagine what could be accomplished “if we spent less time ducking responsibility and more time welcoming it.”

DeLay, who has been at the center of ethics allegations, made the comments to about 1,000 people who had gathered for a National Day of Prayer event on Capitol Hill. The audience included many members of Congress.

At the end of his speech, DeLay received a standing ovation, which he later called “very heartwarming.” He told reporters that he chose the topic of humility because “humility is something I work on every single day.”

Facing allegations in recent weeks that he took overseas trips improperly funded by lobbyists, the Texas Republican has denied wrongdoing. The House ethics committee admonished the majority leader three times in 2004 on separate issues.

On Wednesday, two Republican members of the House ethics panel recused themselves from any investigation of DeLay, saying their presence could pose a conflict of interest because they both contributed to DeLay’s legal defense fund.

I don’t know. Seems like just about anyone can get caught up in this sorta thing. Maybe it isn’t a black thing.

THeDRiFTeR on January 4, 2007 at 1:29 PM

Then it MUST be a Methodist thing.

BRILLIANT!!!

Ringmaster on January 4, 2007 at 1:33 PM

Recusing yourself from an investigation is exactly like getting caught accepting a $100K bribe and stashing it in your freezer, eh THeDRiFTeR? And admonishment. Just like large amounts of cold, dirty cash. Wrapped in tinfoil.

Oy.

Pablo on January 4, 2007 at 1:47 PM

the corruptocrats? applaud corruption? SAY IT AINT SO!!!

One Angry Christian on January 4, 2007 at 1:48 PM

False comparison there Pablo. Oh, and you forgot to call me dolt, dolt.

THeDRiFTeR on January 4, 2007 at 1:50 PM

Just what is it you are comparing then, dolt?

Pablo on January 4, 2007 at 1:54 PM

It’s either Democrats and Corruption or Blacks and Methodists. I got lost.

Ringmaster on January 4, 2007 at 1:56 PM

How both sides have been guilty of offering “ostentatious” shows of support for people who have been facing serious ethics charges. You should try reading the whole story, and not just your comments on them.

Oh, and happy new year.

THeDRiFTeR on January 4, 2007 at 1:57 PM

So when Pelosi said the Dems were going to clean up the house, she meant by sweeping all their wrong doing uder a rug.

jman on January 4, 2007 at 1:58 PM

While THeDWiFTeR likes to focus our attention on the similarities between Jefferson and Delay, allow me to focus on the principal difference, viz.
1) Delay no longer holds office in the House of Representatives,
2) Jefferson continues to hold office in the House of Representatives.

Please explain that to me (if you can).

CyberCipher on January 4, 2007 at 2:06 PM

How both sides have been guilty of offering “ostentatious” shows of support for people who have been facing serious ethics charges.

Delay isn’t facing serious ethics charges. You should look up Ronnie Earle, who ought to be prosecuted for this prosecution.

Happy Eid al-Adha, btw.

Pablo on January 4, 2007 at 2:18 PM

zzzzzzz….

Pelosi is putting me to sleep.

Enoxo on January 4, 2007 at 2:23 PM

1) Delay no longer holds office in the House of Representatives,
2) Jefferson continues to hold office in the House of Representatives.

Please explain that to me (if you can).

CyberCipher on January 4, 2007 at 2:06 PM

If Jefferson is found to be guilty of a crime, do you really think he will be staying long? Let the man have his day in court.

THeDRiFTeR on January 4, 2007 at 2:23 PM

“If Jefferson is found to be guilty of a crime, do you really think he will be staying long? Let the man have his day in court.” – THeDRiFTeR

Why? Delay never was given his time in court. He was indicted by a corrupt prosecutor that was grand-jury shopping until he got the right vote. Delay STILL hasn’t been given his time in court, and yet he was lambasted and thrown around like a ragdoll.

Enoxo on January 4, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Delay isn’t facing serious ethics charges.

Pablo on January 4, 2007 at 2:18 PM

Next!

THeDRiFTeR on January 4, 2007 at 2:28 PM

That 90 grand is just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended).

infidel4life on January 4, 2007 at 2:30 PM

If the mere appearance of impropriety is enough to get Delay canned, then the same should hold true for ColdCash Jefferson.

Iblis on January 4, 2007 at 2:37 PM

Cmon. It was like in 24. Terrorists had kidnapped his great uncle Rufus, and he had to get them the money. He’s only a bad guy for the next 4 episodes, when he turns against Pelosi for raping the directors daughter.

Ringmaster on January 4, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Next!

Again, airline ticket (admonishment) is just like getting caught accepting a $100K bribe and stashing it in your freezer, eh THeDRiFTeR? See how we wound up right back where I said we were to begin with? You’ll also note that DeLay isn’t facing any related charges.

The Texas charges are nonsense, and they’ll never make it to trial.

Pablo on January 4, 2007 at 2:53 PM

Maybe we misunderstood, Ellison is going to swear on a stack of bills from Jefferson’s freezer.

right2bright on January 4, 2007 at 2:54 PM

DRIFTER is a true blue kool-aid drinker – that had to have been one of the worst comparisons of all time (Delay and Jefferson). Let me guess, Drifter, Delay is a corrupt, racist pig of a man; and Jefferson is a flawed, complicated man, with a good heart (oh, and he was set up).

Rick on January 4, 2007 at 3:00 PM

THeDRiFTeR on January 4, 2007 at 2:23 PM

You do not understand the difference in Delay and Jefferson? Jefferson was found with bribe money, thousands of dollars, in his freezer, and what is Delay is accused of, maybe going on a junket with lobbyists? You could not count the number of politicians accused of that. Maybe Dan Rather will report on that. Accusations on one hand, frozen bribe money on the other…what do you think drifter? Anyone can make an accusation, but money in the freezer?

right2bright on January 4, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Give him a break, maybe the fridge was already full.

Jim Treacher on January 4, 2007 at 3:29 PM

Give him a break, maybe the fridge was already full.

Jim Treacher on January 4, 2007 at 3:29 PM

He should have buried it in the backyard. Oh well, hindsight…

Rick on January 4, 2007 at 3:33 PM

DriftedOutToSea is reaching a bit today, isn’t he?

Spiny Norman on January 4, 2007 at 3:47 PM

I’m glad the Congressional Black Caucus is setting such a fine example for young blacks to emulate. Between rappers, thug NBA players and crooked Congressman, what’s a young kid to think?

darwin on January 4, 2007 at 4:07 PM

DRiFTeR, you magnificent dolt,

If only the CBC would give a standing ovation to R Kelly, I think we could resolve this little kerfuffle…

Jaibones on January 4, 2007 at 4:38 PM

It’s kinda fun, these trolls coming out of the woodwork. Would be even better if they would make a sensible point every now and then.

hillbillyjim on January 4, 2007 at 4:43 PM

I’m glad the Congressional Black Caucus is setting such a fine example for young blacks to emulate. Between rappers, thug NBA players and crooked Congressman, what’s a young kid to think?

darwin on January 4, 2007 at 4:07 PM

They think they should join the democratic party. Hey, no responsibility, and plenty of b*tches and hoes. And one less son-of-a-bitch hanging around.
Deomocrats more racist than the KKK (oops, the KKK is Democrat).

right2bright on January 4, 2007 at 4:50 PM

Come on you guys/girls – today is X-Mas Troll Day for the Libs. They deserve their few hours of gifts and glory.

The fun Reality begins tomorrow!

Entelechy on January 4, 2007 at 4:58 PM

I’m glad the Congressional Black Caucus is setting such a fine example for young blacks to emulate. Between rappers, thug NBA players and crooked Congressman, what’s a young kid to think?

darwin on January 4, 2007 at 4:07 PM
They think they should join the democratic party. Hey, no responsibility, and plenty of b*tches and hoes. And one less son-of-a-bitch hanging around.
Deomocrats more racist than the KKK (oops, the KKK is Democrat).

right2bright on January 4, 2007 at 4:50 PM

I dunno, try this for correctional entertainment – this is what passes for corrections in ohio.

Emmett J. on January 4, 2007 at 5:46 PM

This is racism in my opinion. To show support for anyone solely on the basis of color, rather than qualifications or professional record, is racism. Plain and simple.

voiceofreason on January 4, 2007 at 6:57 PM

voiceofreason:
This is racism in my opinion. To show support for anyone solely on the basis of color, rather than qualifications or professional record, is racism. Plain and simple.

That only counts if you are white, honey.

Black people just can’t be racist!
They are the only ones that can be victimised by racism, as the minority, right?
/sarc

MITX on January 4, 2007 at 8:16 PM

Uhhhhm They belong to the party that turned Paul Wellstones funeral into a campaign stop, you’re suprised? Exactly when has the CBC shown the slightest bit of integrity or judgement? To these idiots, Jefferson didn’t do anything wrong! It’s just the Man that ‘s on his case! This perpetual victims disgust me and do not represent the views of many Blacks with common sense.

Soothsayer on January 4, 2007 at 8:20 PM

This is racism in my opinion. To show support for anyone solely on the basis of color, rather than qualifications or professional record, is racism. Plain and simple.

You mean like the many people on this blog who supported Michael Richards even though I’m the only one who knows him? Or the people on this blog that supported Trent Lott or Rush Limbaugh or perhaps you mean those on this blog who were gushing about how good a cop, MARK FURHMAN is! I know what you mean fella, I know what you mean…..

Soothsayer on January 4, 2007 at 8:23 PM

This is a joke, right? This slob needs to be in a jail cell as quickly as possible, and the press will not report it until he is in there, if even then. The man is not only a criminal he is a fraud, a traitor and a total discrace to the American people!

NEMETI IN SYRACUSE on January 4, 2007 at 8:47 PM

In the freezer? Oh, that, ah, is ummmm…lasagna, officer.

heh heh, wish I could have seen that go down. There’ll be sum splainin to do pretty soon; I’ve got pop corn and a cable package that include court TV.

Alden Pyle on January 4, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Soothsayer on January 4, 2007 at 8:23 PM

What the hell are you talking about? You are very weird.

right2bright on January 4, 2007 at 9:32 PM

HOW long does it take for the FBI to put this guy on trial???This guy will leave congress with a 100k pension when he is all done anyways no matter what happens. Pure clean smaeo,sameo, BS for both house of cogress when someone is corrupt. Why do we,the tax payers always get the short end of the stick????

bones47 on January 4, 2007 at 9:47 PM

You mean like the many people on this blog who supported Michael Richards even though I’m the only one who knows him? Or the people on this blog that supported Trent Lott or Rush Limbaugh or perhaps you mean those on this blog who were gushing about how good a cop, MARK FURHMAN is! I know what you mean fella, I know what you mean…..

Soothsayer on January 4, 2007 at 8:23 PM

No I meant solely in the context of what I said. Which stands on it’s own merit.

voiceofreason on January 4, 2007 at 10:10 PM

HOW long does it take for the FBI to put this guy on trial???This guy will leave congress with a 100k pension when he is all done anyways no matter what happens. Pure clean smaeo,sameo, BS for both house of cogress when someone is corrupt. Why do we,the tax payers always get the short end of the stick????

bones47 on January 4, 2007 at 9:47 PM

Brcause we, collectively, do not complain loudly enough about it.

No criticism, just the facts – when Americans collectively say, “enough!” to travesties of justice such as this then there can be change.

But not until then.

Emmett J. on January 4, 2007 at 10:45 PM

Because, not brwcause – typing too fast again. Sorry about that.

Emmett J. on January 4, 2007 at 10:46 PM

Where did DRiFTeR go?

drunyan8315 on January 4, 2007 at 11:17 PM

Remember it is Ok to screw blacks over if you are black, otherwise it is “racism”.

What? Tell me I’m wrong, I dare you….Prove to me I’m wrong, I double dog dare you….

Tim Burton on January 5, 2007 at 12:23 AM

criminal

Kini on January 5, 2007 at 3:22 AM

To show support for anyone solely on the basis of color, rather than qualifications or professional record, is racism. Plain and simple.

You mean like the many people on this blog who supported Michael Richards even though I’m the only one who knows him? Or the people on this blog that supported Trent Lott or Rush Limbaugh or perhaps you mean those on this blog who were gushing about how good a cop, MARK FURHMAN is! I know what you mean fella, I know what you mean…..

Seems to me he meant just what he said, and your attempted misdirection is disingenuous. You’re saying that people who supported Richards, Lott, Limbaugh, or Fuhrman did so on the basis of pigmentation? Or are you saying that they are all bigots who don’t deserve anyone’s support? Or both? No, please, forget I asked.

Voiceofreason made his point as clearly as should have been necessary. Supporting anyone or anything, or the avoidance of supporting anyone or anything, based on skin color is racism. Making such a decision or judgement based on ANY unmerited attribute is prejudicial.

Freelancer on January 5, 2007 at 3:43 AM

Reelecting this guy and reelecting the people in the state of New Orleans floored me. Definitely shows stoooopidity.

People have seriosly gone to lunch! I am glad though that they voted out that loon McKinney.

Highrise on January 5, 2007 at 4:41 AM

These perpetual victims disgust me and do not represent the views of many Blacks with common sense.

Soothsayer on January 4, 2007 at 8:20 PM

Soothsayer, agreed. So how is it that the only blacks elected to congress are corrupt idiots with a victim complex? Why does that posture work for voters (or do they turn into idiots after they caucus?) ?

Jaibones on January 5, 2007 at 8:45 AM

Where did DRiFTeR go?

drunyan8315 on January 4, 2007 at 11:17 PM

To DRiFT.

Rick on January 5, 2007 at 9:46 AM