House Republicans began the new year with a ceremonial beclowning:
House Republicans, Under Fire, Back Down on Gutting Ethics Office
The day after House Republicans voted to eliminate an independent ethics body, members returned to work on Tuesday to find their offices inundated with angry missives from constituents amid a national uproar.
By midmorning, Mr. Trump had weighed in, questioning the members’ priorities on Twitter. Shortly after, lawmakers were summoned to the basement of the Capitol for a hastily convened meeting with Republican leaders.
Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority leader — who, along with Speaker Paul D. Ryan, had opposed the proposal — lobbed a pointed question at his fellow Republicans, according to two people present: Had they campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act, or tinkering with an ethics office? Minutes later, members emerged to say the changes had been scrapped.
Hard to believe these are the skilled professionals ready to lead this great nation. And one does wonder - how lame must Pelosi and her Dems have been to lose to these guys?
Still, we welcome the Ryan/Trump alliance, however fleeting it may be.