Accountability. When those who are elected get to answer to those who elected them. Repeat after me: investigations, cover-ups, denials, exposure, confessions, jail time, shame.
We're planning to hold you guys accountable, too. Via Marshall, the Guardian:
We've seen what absolute power does to those who are corruptible, thanks to Bush. Maybe we should just make a fourth branch of government, the special prosecutor's office?
House Democrats are suddenly balking at the tough lobbying reforms they touted to voters last fall as a reason for putting them in charge of Congress.
Now that they are running things, many Democrats want to keep the big campaign donations and lavish parties that lobbyists put together for them. They're also having second thoughts about having to wait an extra year before they can become high-paid lobbyists themselves should they retire or be defeated at the polls.
The growing resistance to several proposed reforms now threatens passage of a bill that once seemed on track to fulfill Democrats' campaign promise of cleaner fundraising and lobbying practices.