City of Roses
That was the whole point I was predicting to begin with. What happened is that, in 1990 when the public, already weary of all the increasing corruption happening in Washington under a Democratic House of Representatives and Senate, saw things just going moreso out of control than ever, and when you look at polling trends at the time, the two parties had virtually equal percentages over which one was believed to be more financially corrupt, with over two times as many believing both parties were equally corrupt.
I think with the recent Abramoff and Cunningham scandals, what happened was that, when you also at the same time had an unpopular war in Iraq along with larger public pessimism about the shape of the economy at the time before the November 2006 mid-term elections, Democratic talking heads were easily able to take advantage of the situation and spin the "culture of corruption" soundbyte as something that was more of a GOP placemat rather than something that obviously taints both parties all the time. They parroted the "GOP culture of corruption" soundbyte persistently and tirelessly making it seem like corruption is more guaranteed under their majority, and obviously the propaganda worked to a great extent.
Yet, despite that, the fact is any poll you look at also shows both parties running even when it comes to having higher ethical standards. So many Americans pay a close deal of attention to this issue, even if passively, and I think most including myself had already believed it to be bologna when Pelosi said this Congress would be the "most honest and open Congress in history".
She can't get away with it because the public knows better, and it is being proven yet again that both parties have and continue to be incredibly irresponsible when it comes to ethics.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"