An editorial today that the Toronto Star edited and reprinted from the Los Angeles Times had the following question.
The question now is how much worse the political culture will become before it can get better?
That's a great question, and it has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. What it does relate to is good government.
As the editorial goes on to say, chances of things changing are slim.
So anyone who hoped that the indictment would change the capital's political culture can forget it. DeLay's troubles also continue something of a tradition, dating at least to former Democratic Speaker Jim Wright of Texas, of ethical lapses among those in the leadership of the House.
We just need politicians, both Republicans and Democrats, to break the back of the whole culture of the "best government that money can buy." Whether Delay is innocent or guilty, the Texas prosecutor, Ronnie Earl, sounds a little more reasonable in this article in the NY Times than the non stop attacks from Tom Delay.
This is about protecting the integrity of our electoral system and I couldn't just ignore it...
Being called vindictive and partisan by Tom DeLay is like being called ugly by a frog...
We have, over the years, prosecuted a number of elected officials...At last count that stood at 15, 12 of whom were Democrats and 3 of whom were Republicans..
Based on this, I think it is a shame that Ronnie Earle is retiring after the Delay case. Maybe we should let him run a special commission and give him a shot at all the politicians inside the Beltway. The last word from the Toronto Star pretty well sums it up.
Hypocrisy is the occupational hazard of politics. DeLay, however, is a special case, a partisan so unprincipled that not even his allies pretend that he stands for anything; his nickname, "The Hammer," comes from his ability to enforce party discipline.
DeLay's indictment will lead to an increase in demagoguery on both sides of the aisle. But the real problem isn't what DeLay may have done, it's what he stands for.
Of course others have said our biggest worry isn't what is illegal. Actually the biggest danger is what is legal and above board. That's an even harder problem to fix.
I'll be glad to vote for any honest politician, I'm not very particular what his or her label is. I just want someone who will stand up for what is good for the country instead of what puts the most money in the pockets of those who paid for their political campaign.
I may have a long wait.