If anything, the Democratic deal-making looks tame by comparison to the Republican arm-twisting in advance of -- and during -- the House vote on the prescription drug program for Medicare in 2003. In the most egregious example, then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, offered to endorse the son of retiring Michigan Republican Nick Smith if he agreed to vote "yes" on the bill. Somehow I don't recall the Limbaughs of the world getting the vapors over DeLay's behavior.
The Democrats at the time made a huge deal about this, it was in fact one of the ethic violations that DeLay was cited for. Our party called for him to resign, Democrats used DeLay as an example of why they should be elected. There were some major histronics over it, which means, Democrats did the exact thing Republicans are doing now, politics as usual...and instead of demanding better behavior from our own? Some justify it...which means just as I predicted during the presidential campaign, there is no change, there is not even any hope there will be change because we don't demand better from our own party. It will always be politics as usual for those who do not embrace a very simple ideal. "If it's wrong? It's wrong."