The Law And Order Party? Uh, No ...
Over the last 12 months (less, actually), House Republicans have made criminal defense attorneys in Washington very happy.
-- Duke Cunningham (R-CA) resigned in disgrace and went to jail.
-- Tom DeLay (R-TX) resigned in disgrace and is facing a criminal trial.
-- Bob Ney (R-OH) has already pleaded guilty to corruption charges and will leave Congress in disgrace.
-- Mark Foley (R-FL) has resigned in disgrace and may face criminal charges of his own.
That's just one party in one chamber in one year. In the Senate, Bill Frist (R-TN) has been the subject of a criminal probe. In the states, Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R) was indicted and Ohio Gov. Bob Taft (R) has been convicted. In the executive branch, Scooter Libby (R) has been indicted, Claude Allen (R) has been convicted, David Safavian (R) has been convicted, and DHS spokesman Brian Doyle (R) pleaded guilty to cyber-sex charges and faces jail time.
And then, of course, there's many more Republicans facing investigations for other scandals, including the New Hampshire phone-jamming scandal, the MZM scandal, and various friends of Jack Abramoff.
I'm not saying Dems are pure as the driven snow — William Jefferson and his freezer come to mind — but damn. For Republicans, all of this has to be embarrassing.