I didn’t watch the show, but I read this reaction at Blogs For Bush. Matt Lauer had former Speaker of the House Tom Delay on the show to talk about the recent woes of the Republican Party. Mr. Delay wasted no time pointing out the hypocrisy in the media by pointing to the disparity in coverage of the two parties. He said that coverage of Republicans who are accused of wrongdoing is relentless, while coverage of Democrats suspected of malfeasance or impropriety is for a day or two and then dropped and never discussed again. Apparently Mr. Lauer became quite defensive, and accused Mr. Delay of deviousness by accepting his invitation to discuss Republican wrongdoing and then wanting to change the subject once they were on camera. Mr. Delay responded by saying, basically, "See, you just illustrated my point. You’ll talk about Republican shenanigans and treat Democrat scandals as old stories and sweep them under the rug. And then accuse me of deception and dishonesty. The basic difference between Republicans and Democrats is this: Republicans kick out wrongdoers; Democrats re-elect and promote them to positions of power term after term."
Democrats who were reelected last yet despite being under a dark ethical cloud:
Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) is the target of a federal investigation, was forced (by Republicans) to step down from the ethics committee last year but was reelected in November.
Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) was the target of a 2-year federal bribery investigation, had $90,000 in bribe money found in his freezer, and was still reelected last November.
Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) was involved in the ABSCAM scandal, also apparently steered millions in federal funding to companies that were clients of his brother's lobbying firm. He was also reelected in November.
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) found guilty in civil court of leaking an illegally recorded phone conversation to the media in March 2006. He too, was reelected last November.
Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL), linked to countless scandals, was reelected last November.
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) linked to countless scandals, was reelected last November.
From Blogs for Bush