Thursday, January 22, 2004

Republican Misbehavior

Josh is right that this story about Republican Judiciary Committee staffers breaking into Democratic computers should knock everything else off the front pages. You'll forgive me if I treat that with a bit of cynicism considering how many previous stories should have knocked other stories off the front pages but didn't.

There is no way that this was simply the work of a couple of low-level staffers. This kind of systematic activity over a long stretch of time doesn't go on without someone higher knowing about it. No doubt the Republicans are in full protect-their-asses mode right now. The Democrats shouldn't allow them to get away with simply saying they didn't know it was going on. The Republicans certainly wouldn't give them the same courtesy.

This is at least as bad, if not worse, than the check-bouncing scandal of a few years back that seriously damaged the Democratic leadership in the House.

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