William Jefferson, (D-frost), has been indicted on 16 charges of “federal corruption” — an oxymoron of biblical proportions.
Last year, Freon Willy was videotaped accepting a $100,000 bribe from an FBI informant, his home was raided, $90,000 was found in his freezer. The cops didn’t believe Jefferson’s story that it was just fish sticks, so then Jefferson’s congressional office was raided. Until that last part, it was “business as usual” in Congress.
What made Congress jumpy? The crime (I’m sorry… alleged crime) itself? Nope. For the first time in history, a lawmakerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office was raided. Yes, the first time in history. This has to be causing some members of Congress to have a serious case of the runs — a domesticated form of Montezuma’s Revenge with accompanying nervous ticks.
Oddly enough, right after the raid, it appeared to be Republicans who were most loudly questioning the raid on Democrat Jefferson’s office. Speaker Dennis Hastert, John Boehner, Bill Frist and others complained about the ”unprecedented raid on the office of a sitting member of Congress.” At least we’ve finally discovered what it takes to achieve true bi-partisanship in Washington.
Republicans would have also defended Democrats James Traficant, Dan Rostenkowski and others busted for everyday wrongdoings, but only if their offices were raided. That wasn’t the case, so off to jail they went.
Think of all the scumbags, crooks, liars and cheats that have been in Congress throughout the course of history, and none of them have had their offices subjected to a raid? As a result of this unprecedented enforcement of the law on the heretofore untouchable and pristine self-perceived Monarchs, expect members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to circle the wagons, but not necessarily to protect Jefferson.
Watch this case closely, because the mice are scrambling to hide the cheese they’re in charge of. Just yesterday, the House voted 373-23 to require the House ethics committee to begin an investigative subcommittee to look in to Jefferson’s dealings. There were 20 House members who didn’t vote, and 13 voted “present.”
Thirty-three members didn’t vote for an ethics investigation of Jefferson? Some of these, along with many others, who are sweating the most over the raiding of JeffersonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s office and his subsequent indictment might be the ones who have recently Ã¢â‚¬Å“defrostedÃ¢â‚¬Â their own freezers.