In 2006, Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously pledged to “drain the swamp” of corruption” and to “turn this Congress into the most honest and open Congress in history. That’s my pledge — that is what I intend to do.” Time for an update on Operation Drain the Swamp.
Following the resignation of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and the just announced trial deal with Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y), Politico is reporting that the Ethics Committee’s next stop is Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
Following the recent flurry of ethics problems, one might assume that the Speaker is feeling the strain of Operation Drain the Swamp. But, sounding a bit like Yoda, Speaker Pelosi proclaimed at this week’s press briefing: “Drain the swamp we did, because this was a terrible place.” (WaPo)
My guess: the Swamp is still full. If the events of the past decade are any guide, this is anything but an issue of partisanship—if you have any doubt, just ask Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH), Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. Nick Miller (R-MI), Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), and Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA).