John wrote about the “great escape” by Democratic members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It consisted of that group leaving a hearing, via the back door, after Republican Darrell Issa made clear that he planned to subpoena Bank of America for documents relted to Countrywide’s infamous “Friends of Angelo” VIP mortgage program. Democratic Senators Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad were, of course, among Angelos “friends.”
A Republican aide videotaped the Democratic exodus. The video was then posted on the internet.
The committee Democrats now have retaliated by changing the lock on the door leading from the GOP’s office space into the main hearing room. Committee chariman, Edolphus Towns, who also received a Countrywide mortgage, explained that he had the lock changed because Republicans “don’t know how to behave.” He then lamented the demise of respect and cooperation on his committee.
Here, once again, is this particular friend of Angelo’s idea of how to behave and cooperate:
UPDATE: The Washington Post’s story on the Democrats’ “lock-out” (see link above) dutifully treats this as another story about increased partisanship and lack of civility on Capitol Hill. They find old congressional hands who say they never remember things being this bad, etc.
While that may well be true, this particular story is about Democrats fleeing from a hearing in order to prevent the truth about their party’s misconduct from being revealed and then commiting a childish prank out of anger of having been exposed. All the Republicans did capture the Dems’ conduct for all to see.
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