08 December 2006


I don't feel qualified to write much about Tom Anderson's arrest but it sure is a fascinating story.

The arrest leaves me wondering two things:

First, what will be the impact on Anderson's wife, soon-to-be senator McGuire? And, if the rumour that Ben Stevens is next is true, what will be the impact on Senator Ted Stevens?

Second, will this actually lead to legitimate ethics reform and will anybody use this as a starting point for a serious conversation on the corrosive effect of money on our political system? Or will lawmakers rush through ethics reform to show they're getting something done and not actually talk about the root of these problems, which is the role of private money in the public sphere?

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