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Oh this is just absurd. Via MyDD:

Today, from Nancy Pelosi:

Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, the newly and unanimously elected Chairman of the Democratic Caucus who has lived his life with a commitment to a high ethical standard, will head the Clean House Team.

From NPR:

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay isn’t the only politician facing ethics charges. South Carolina’s James Clyburn and Mississippi’s Bennie Thompson, both Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus, also had to answer tough questions last week. In 1997, both men traveled to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth. The trip — and an earlier trip to the Marianas by two associates of DeLay — appears to have been paid for by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. It is a violation of House ethics to accept gifts from a registered lobbyist. Abramoff is now the subject of a federal corruption probe.

We’re not Michelle Malkin or the Powertools sitting here, please don’t expect us to line up behind this shit just because you Say So. I’m not going to look for excuses to make this right. It undermines every argument we’re trying to make about Abramoff and the architecture of the dirty GOP money machine.

This is just so stupid and wrong in so many ways I don’t have words for it.

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