Ho hum (the usual stuff....)

This effort to hold Republicans accountable (to a standard higher than the Abramoff business as usual standard) seems eminently worthy of a link. I agree that the new leadership should be "thoroughly and transparently free of the taint of the Jack Abramoff scandals" as well as undue influence by K Street lobbyists.

I also welcome the entry of Congressman Shadegg:

....we hope to see more candidates who will support these goals, and we therefore welcome the entry of Congressman John Shadegg to the race for Majority Leader. We hope every Congressman who is committed to ethical and transparent conduct supports a reform agenda and a reform candidate. And we hope all would-be members of the leadership make themselves available to new media to answer questions now and on a regular basis in the future.
It's tough to hold unaccountable politicians accountable, though, because they are by definition unaccountable. So I suspect that the hard-core business-as-usual, Abramoff, K-street crowd will ignore all pleas and entreaties of bloggers, no matter how sincere or polite.

I say this because I'm quite accustomed to being ignored. As matter of fact, I'm still waiting to hear from my congressman (Jim Gerlach) in response to my polite PorkBusters-related call. I'd simply like to know whether he favors cutting pork, and it's been months without so much as a courtesy form letter. I hope that's not business as usual, although reading stuff like this about him is hardly reassuring. Nor is the fact that his opponent in the upcoming election is doing her damnedest to tie him to the Abramoff crowd.

It doesn't take a moralist or an ethicist to see that business as usual these days is an unwise strategy.

posted by Eric on 01.18.06 at 04:57 PM


I have only one answer to this problem: "If the Queen had balls, she would be King." That's as deeply as I have been able to probe into this matter.

Joe Peden   ·  January 19, 2006 12:23 AM

The world has already moved beyond K Street. Soros is the new model: Buy your own political party.

bird dog   ·  January 19, 2006 11:18 AM

Joe, while I'm tempted to agree, I'm always hesitant to assume anything about queens.

Eric Scheie   ·  January 19, 2006 11:37 AM

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