The Republican Party's effort to gut the independent office that investigates and prosecutes congressional ethics violations has the distinct smell of Chicago aldermen who canned the Independent Legislative Inspector and his office that probed Chicago City Council ethics violations.
As its first act and in secret, Republicans had planned to neuter the independent Office of Congressional Ethics and placing its job under the control of the lawmakers themselves. Of all the boneheaded, tin-eared moves on the part of Republicans, this takes the cake. Had they not heard the results of the last election in which anti-establishment Donald Trump won the presidency on the "drain the swamp" platform? Did they really think they could get away with this by endorsing this move in private?
Thankfully, Trump shamed the Republicans into suddenly reversing themselves, but the damage already has been done.
Good lord, it's as if Republicans were Democrats. At least the kind of Democrats that run Chicago's corrupt City Council. The Council that last year fired the legislative watchdog , because, well, he was getting too close to the sleaze. Among those who he was targeting was Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th, whom the feds new have, with Kahn's help, indicted for extortion and other Chicago Way practices. Cochran apparently was carrying on a venerable tradition as he was the third of the last four 20th ward aldermen to be indicted.