Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I have long considered Maxine "Why is this woman on Financial Services?" Waters to be one of our dumber Members of Congress - which is impressive, given that we have people like Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Arlen Specter, Shirley Jackson-Lee, and Russ Carnahan in it - but I may have to revise that. It is now being reported that Rep. Waters "has chosen to go through an ethics trial, like the one lined up for New York Rep. Charles Rangel, rather than accepting charges made by an ethics subcommittee."
Given that Rangel has just been told that he won't be subject to any kind of sanction other than a finger-wagging even when he is found guilty*, this actually makes perfect sense. Why accept the charges, and thus admit wrongdoing? Maybe the committee won't prove anything - and even if they do, the Democrats on the committee will bail out their fellow party-members anyway, so there's no downside. No harm, no foul, no problem, no need to accept responsibility - and no more of this nonsense about how the Democrats were going to drain the swamp.
DEMOCRATS DO NOT DRAIN SWAMPS. That's because swamps are wetlands, and thus must be protected by the full power of the federal government.
*I see no need to pretend. Heck, neither do the Democratic members of the House ethics committee, apparently.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.