THE SPINE OCTOBER 18, 2006
Maybe there's no purpose in calling attention to an editorial in the New York Times. Either you get the hard copy of the paper every day ... or you can't get an editorial on the day it's printed, since it gets caught behind the maddening (but quite understandable) Times Select fence for 24 hours. On the other hand, sometimes when there's a link from one web site to another, you can jump the fence.
I don't really know what'll happen here. But "The Odor From Capitol Hill" is what the Times lede is called, and you can almost smell the reek simply by reading. It is about how ordinary big time corruption has become in Congress. You have to believe, moreover, that what we know is only an inkling of what goes on. The Republicans are the top hitters now, maybe because they value cash so much. Although I don't truly believe that Democrats really value it less. More important for the Congressional Republicans is that they have been the majority party for some years and, what with having a very partisan presidency helping them out, greed can appear much more attractive than the simple rules of honor.
There is something gratifying about watching the ever-so-sanctimonious Senator Harry Reid wiggling in the spotlight over patently dishonest ethics filings. It's amazing how the only items that filers leave out are the ones that might embarrass them. For the rest of the Democrats ... well, they're more or less like the Republicans.
It's also pleasant to see the, at least when ordinary ethics are being traduced, the Times can be non-partisan or, more to the point, bi-partisan in its outrage.