As much as I have other issues I want to slap around, this is just too tail-waggingly precious to pass up.
Back here, I pointed out the stomach-churning hypocrisy of Blogging Tory Jonathan Strong, whose blogging "talents" seem to be restricted to acting as a good little stenographer for every bit of right-wing idiocy that crosses his field of vision, in that case jumping all over Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid based on a complete, piece of crap article written by a conservative hack. On the basis of that article, Jonathan was adamant that Reid should resign, despite the fact that Reid had, in fact, done absolutely nothing wrong. With me so far?
Follow me, then, into the most recent revelation of Republican sleaze and corruption:
Rep. Ney Pleads Guilty; GOP Vows Ouster
Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in an election-year scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.
Standing before Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, Ney pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements. He acknowledged taking money, gifts and favors in return for official actions on behalf of Abramoff and his clients.
So, in contrast to Reid, here we have a confessed criminal, guilty of conspiracy among other things. I'm sure we know what's coming next, don't we? Hang on ... what the fuck is this?
Ney did not immediately resign from Congress, and within minutes, Republican and Democratic leaders vowed to expel him unless he steps down. The White House also called for Ney's resignation.
I'm sorry ... he didn't resign? After pleading guilty to conspiracy, he didn't resign!?!? But ... but ... it says right up there in the headline, "GOP vows ouster," right? Right? Oh, now I get it (emphasis added):
Beleaguered GOP leaders, struggling to overcome fallout from a separate scandal involving former Rep. Mark Foley and teenage male pages, said they would make Ney's ouster the "first order of business" in a postelection session.
Gotcha. He's a criminal, but he still represents a House vote so let's not be too hasty -- there's politics to be done here. But that Harry Reid guy? Why the hell is he still around?
Seriously, you just can't make this stuff up, can you?