The most flagrantly ridiculous aspect of the platform Democrats ran on in 2006 was the claim that they would end the "culture of corruption" in Washington.
It's not just that, once in control of the House, Democrats promoted one of their seedier members, Jack Murtha—who has now been caught openly using his control over pork-barrel "earmarks" to protect boondoggles in his district, as reported below.
The Democratic claim was absurd for another reason. The ultimate source of the "culture of corruption" is something that the Democrats want to make worse: the enormous size of government and the thousands of items in the federal budget, a vast wilderness of unaccountable spending that is an irresistible temptation to corrupt wheeler-dealers like Murtha.
The only claim more ridiculous than that the Democrats would end corruption is former President Jimmy Carter's accusation that George Bush is the "worst" president. Hardly any comment is needed here, so I'll just link to a good article in Investor's Business Daily, the first of a three-part series examining the failures of the president who was actually the worst in recent memory: Jimmy Carter.
"House Democrats Reject GOP Effort to Reprimand Murtha," Charles Babington, AP via Washington Post, May 22 House Democrats rejected a Republican bid Tuesday to reprimand Rep. John Murtha, a senior lawmaker accused of threatening legislative reprisals against a GOP member who had crossed him.
Before and after the largely party-line vote, which caused some Democrats discomfort, Republicans taunted Democratic leaders about their campaign promises to run a more ethical and open Congress….
Murtha, known for his bluff manner and fondness of pork barrel projects, did not dispute claims that he charged across the House floor May 17 to confront Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. Rogers had tried unsuccessfully to strike a $23 million Murtha earmark—a targeted spending item—for a drug intelligence center in Murtha's district.
In a House speech Monday, Rogers said Murtha threatened him by saying, "you will not get any earmarks now and forever." Rogers, backed by House GOP leaders, said Murtha's threat violated congressional ethics rules.