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August 4th, 2010
11:49 AM ET

Democrats' turn to suffer from scandal

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John P. Avlon
CNN Contributor

Editor's note: John P. Avlon is a CNN contributor and senior political columnist for The Daily Beast. He is the author of "Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe Is Hijacking America."

Congressional corruption scandals are dominating headlines just as campaign season is heating up - and Democrats might get beaten back by the same tide that swept them into office in 2006.

The past two weeks have seen a 13-count case against 40-year incumbent Charles Rangel of New York and the announcement of an ethics trial against California's Maxine Waters.

All this comes as a jury decides the fate of the buffoonish former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, accused of conspiring to sell President Obama's Senate seat. Their three states represent a significant part of the Democrats' political base.

It's an ugly picture of cronyism and corruption that seems to be replayed every few years. As libertarian humorist PJ O'Rourke famously warned: "When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. brad

    back in the day when our great fathers were making this great country and writing our constitution we had heroes for our politions today all we have are zeroes.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  2. Larry

    Term limits are needed; as well as banning lobbyists.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  3. naqib

    Democrates = unethical

    August 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  4. Ken

    Are we supposed to be surprised? Politics = unethical.

    August 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm |