Here it is in a nutshell.
“I apologise for the errors and profoundly regret that you have had to devote time to them,” Mr Daschle said in a letter to Senator Max Baucus, the committee chairman, and Senator Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the panel.
So now the question is, will Daschle’s apology be enough or is it a little too late?
Some GOP aides and strategists now assert that the party should seek to derail the Daschle nomination, or at least to slow down the confirmation process. The idea is that even if Daschle gets through, which Democrats fully expect, then the GOP will have sent a message that it will not make things easy for Daschle and Obama in upcoming congressional over universal health care and other reforms favored by the new president.
What’s that old saying, let him, who is without sin, cast the first stone? I believe there is more driving the GOP machine than ethics complaints especially when you consider the GOP’s own challenges regarding ethics. What exactly does the GOP want?
At the Republican retreat, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia won huge applause when he announced on Friday that “Mr. Daschle has been found to be $100,000 in arrears” on his taxes. After the applause died down, he highlighted Rangel, Geithner and Daschle to make the case that there is “certainly a pattern” with Democrats not paying their taxes. And he made the case that said pattern “vindicates us.”
So, there you have it from Cantor’s mouth, the GOP wants vindication? for what? Granted these ethics issues are troubling, regardless which side of the aisle they are found on Democrat or Republican. But isn’t Daschle’s tax issue ( he says it was a mistake so no malicious will) small potatoes when it comes to the continuing (under-reported) saga from K-Street’s Team Abramoff? Remember “the House that Jack build” and the “biggest scandal in Congress in over a century“? Well, Eric Cantor (R-Va) should, he received about $31,500 from Abramoff between 2001 and 2004 and In Jan. 2006, he announced he would give $10,000 of the money to charity.
Let’s move on.