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Colbert Before Ethics!!

By on 10.6.10 | 1:07PM

At the Washington Times, we note an aspect of last week's Colbert brouhaha that has not gotten anywhere near the attention it deserves. The same congresswoman who invited Colbert is the one who, as chairman of the Ethics Committee, refuses to hold an ethics trial for Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters.

Oh, yes, ethics... Where is the establishment media in demanding that these trials go forward? Seems they were beside themselves when Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham, and other GOPers were accused. But, after a few perfunctory tut-tuts about Rangel and Waters, they have all gone silent over the decision to sweep these matters under the rug. Wrote the Times:

[A]ll five Republicans on the ethics committee joined a statement by ranking Republican Jo Bonner of Alabama that blasted Ms. Lofgren's inaction.... "After months of trial preparation," they wrote, "Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren should have already issued notices of public trial schedules."....Ms. Lofgren remains unmoved. Her standards are nothing if not bizarre. In the Colbert matter, even the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, radical Detroit Rep. John Conyers Jr., asked her not to let the comedian testify live, but she - as chairman of the relevant subcommittee - insisted....The thumbs up to Mr. Colbert's comedic routine and thumbs down to serious ethical charges show, beyond a doubt, that ethics really are a joke in Mrs. Pelosi's Democratic Congress.

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