August 11, 2005
"Defoxing the Chicken Coop"
The New York Times offers this editorial, which begins: 'President Bush has a rare opportunity to fight the greed-driven abuses of national politics by naming dedicated professionals to the four open slots on the Federal Election Commission, a supposed watchdog that serves more as a lapdog of party bosses addicted to big-money power brokering. A bipartisan conspiracy of sorts is already being tried by Congressional leaders, who are proposing that President Bush name the same sort of party retainers who reduced commission regulation to a mockery in recent years. But a cleanup movement, led by Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, suggests filling the commission with independent members dedicated to defending the interests of voters." Bob Bauer responds.