Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Deep Sacrifice

This interests me. The AP reports that, amidst a sea of Republicans being caught in the Abramoff scandal, there are also connections to North Dakota Democrat Sen. Byron Dorgan. Now, we should of course be wary of who's making these accusations, but let's say that Dorgan is indeed illicitly involved in this sordid affair. Partisan Democrats would thus be faced with a choice. Try to shield Dorgan, and blunt the effectiveness of the "Culture of Corruption" attack they've been making against Republicans; or, let Dorgan swing and lose a wildly popular Democratic Senator in blood-red North Dakota. While obviously it isn't a straight shot "principled or partisan" issue (Democrats could politically conclude that the benefits of keeping the focus on corruption outweighs losing a red-state Senate seat), it is a good indicator of how serious the partisans are about corruption in government. Right now, voters see little difference between congressional Democrats and Republicans, suggesting that they haven't internalized the message that Democrats are any more anti-corruption than the GOP is. An unequivocal stance of zero-tolerance could change that.

As such, it's heartening to see DKos not hesitate for a moment: "I'm not interested in nuance on this issue. If Dorgan becomes collateral damage, then so be it."

3 comments:

Mark said...

Captain's Quarters mentions that Abramoff is linked to more than a few Democrats.

I think Big Lizards hits the nail on the head when he points that it's always the party in power which is tempted by corruption. After all the generic briber is less likely to bribe the party with less influence.

The probligo said...

"... Right now, voters see little difference between congressional Democrats and Republicans, suggesting that they haven't internalized the message that Democrats are any more anti-corruption than the GOP is. "

How fair would it be to turn this statement around thusly...

"...Right now, voters see little difference between congressional Democrats and Republicans, suggesting that they have internalized the message that Democrats are probably no less corrupt than the GOP is."

That, to me, would be equally as reasonable. The evidence that is coming out might even support it as valid.

N.S.T said...

You act like it takes some kind of balls for Kos to be "principled." It isn't as if he's got anything to lose. He says whatever keeps people reading; there's no pretense, surely, that what he says has any real world meaning?