The great GOP attack machine suffered the first major hit (the first of many we can assume) when California Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham copped a plea to a variety of charges evading taxes and conspiring to pocket $2.4 million in bribes, including a Rolls-Royce, a yacht and a 19th-century Louis-Philippe commode (we'll skip the lovely symbolism there.)
As the Washington Post noted "The decorated Vietnam War-era fighter pilot, 63, entered his guilty plea at a federal courthouse in San Diego and then choked up as he proclaimed: "In my life, I have known great joy and great sorrow. And now I know great shame." Quel domage!
As also noted, it was the second time in two weeks the smaller fry have been cooked and the signs are more ominous. Jack Abramoff crony Michael Scanlon is singing today after his guilty plea. The songs no doubt feature the words Tom DeLay.
The culture of greed that has been the GOP rule of Capitol Hill and the White House is growing a little moldly. DeLay's K Street Project is the most glaring example of the rotten relationship between "leaders" and lobbyists but as Jeffrey Birnbaum catalogues there are others that don't pass the smell test -- a Democrat or two included.
We've had DeLay's arrogance and Cunningham's crocodile tears, wrapped up in a bow by the overreaching Cheney sneer (The secrecy of the Bush-Cheney machine will eventually loosen and we will be treated to tales ranging from the secret energy task force to the Halliburton deal and that sewer will be repulsive.)
So much from restoring honor and faith to government. And they did it was corruption as well as lies.