The differences between the parties get narrower and narrower as we watch this Democratic Congress punt on the issues over which they flayed the Republicans. The latest example is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) refusal to bring up a bill with higher mileage-per-gallon standards for U.S. autos. Detroit's opposition to the proposal, and labor's complicity, are a key reason why foreign cars outsold American-made vehicles in the U.S. market last month.

Pelosi is as much a slave to the special interests as Dennis Hastert was. And John Dingell, the Michigan Democratic congressman who blocks higher fuel-efficiency standards (and therefore will not save Detroit from itself), deserves inclusion in the GOP Hall of Fame for his willingness to cave in to corporate interests.

Shame on them both!