Well, now we have seen John Boehner's first comments on privately funded travel for congressmen. And he said 'Keep it.'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The new Republican leader in the House of Representatives backed more stringent disclosure rules for lawmakers and lobbyists Sunday, but criticized measures such as a ban on privately paid travel proposed by other GOP leaders....
"Sunlight is the best disinfectant," the Ohio congressman told NBC's "Meet the Press."
Uh, we already know that leaders of Congress have gone on all these junkets, paid for by lobbyists, corporations and others who want to influence them. That is what is at the center of the current scandal swirling around several members of Congress.
This may be why Boehner is reluctant to change the travel plans:
Boehner has taken trips valued at more than $157,000 since 2000, paid for by nonprofit trade organizations and think tanks, according to Federal Election Commission records compiled by the online research group Political Moneyline.
He told "Fox News Sunday" that the trips -- which include visits to Scotland, Belgium and Spain -- are necessary to keep lawmakers informed on the issues before them.
Hmmm. Scotland. Wonder if he went golfing with Bob Ney and Jack Abramoff. What's it about Scotland, anyway? Maybe it's the whiskey? Or maybe they really have found something in Loch Ness, and it's so hush-hush that they have to bring all those Congressmen there to see it?
These guys just don't get it, do they?