Back in 2005, when things were much different from what they are now -- Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress and, even more dramatic, Political Junkie was a weekly column -- Nancy Pelosi had a favorite catchphrase: the ongoing "culture of corruption" in Congress.
Her rogues' gallery was not insignificant. Tom DeLay. Bob Ney. Duke Cunningham. Throw in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and the later Mark Foley sex scandal, and what you have -- what Pelosi and the Democrats had -- was an argument to end GOP control of Congress. (See the Dec. 2, 2005, Political Junkie column.)
It was not just the corruption. The war in Iraq and the government's response to Hurricane Katrina were big factors as well. But Election Day 2006 brought Democrats to majorities in both houses of Congress, made Pelosi speaker of the House, and set the stage for Barack Obama's election as president two years later.
And what of the issue of corruption? I'll let you decide.
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My Comment: An excellent commentary. I could not have said it better.