Thursday, June 23, 2005

A Thankless Job

There can be no doubt that being the head of the House Ethics Committee is a thankless job, even in the best of times, which these certainly are not in the US House of Representatives. However, there is a certain irony that the member who was chosen to replace the last chairman is now talking about stepping down, according to this New York Times story.

Doc Hastings replaced Joel Hefley because the GOP leadership was upset that Hefley admonished Tom DeLay on a few occasions, and appeared to actually take his job seriously. Hastings is now complaining about Democratic obstructionism of the committee, yet the only reason that he is the Chairman was so that he could "control" the ways the committee "investigated" certain members.

I have no doubt that the Ethics Committee could be doing its job tomorrow, if it were allowed to do so in a bipartisan and meaningful way. But then Hasting wouldn't be really doing his real job then, would he.