Not even Nixon would have tried to pull this.
Change is filtering into the halls of congress. That new transparency that block the public seeing what is going on is being firmly embraced as evidenced by this example:
“ . . . . despite promises from Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Rangel is being investigated in at least four areas — including his failure to report income taxes on a Caribbean villa and the use of rent-controlled apartments in New York. Pelosi said in November, "The report will be completed by the end of this session... which concludes January 3, 2009."
The Hill newspaper reports the investigation will be further delayed because the ethics committee is currently without a chairman.
And Cybercast News reports Rangel will likely hold onto his Ways and Means chairmanship because the House voted Tuesday to eliminate term limits for committee heads. Michael Steel, House Minority Leader John Boehner’s press secretary, says "There's no limit whatsoever on the amount of time Chairman Rangel can remain chairman, despite the ethical questions he faces."“
‘The most ethical congress ever’ won’t even allow the ethics committee to operate. But we feel compelled to give them an Orwell Award. Ethical now means congressmen being allowed to do whatever they want without any oversight much less any input from the citizens who think they employ them. Do I sound angry? No shit, Sherlock.
Maybe they turned off their Ethics Committee because they thought they were about to run out of ethics.