Over at OpinionJournal, John Fund warns the Congressional GOP that it is still deaf to the demands for reform. He also notes that the scandal engulfing Alaska’s ted Steven’s may just be beginning. “f you thought Jack Abramoff was a symbol of Washington sleaze,” Fund writes, “see what happens if Mr. Stevens is further embroiled in scandal.”
What will happen is that every Democrat in every Senate race will run against Stevens, and quite successfully. Democratic voters don’t get exercised over earmarks, and some not even over Tammany Hall-style graft.
But the GOP base won’t have it, and if the Congressional GOP circles the wagons around its compromised members, the base will be on the outside firing in.