The editorial completely misses the source of the scandal:
Because lobbyists by definition seek to influence those in power, the names of a Republican-controlled Congress dominate the list of those linked to the Abramoff scandal.But lobbyists such as Abramoff aren't the root of the problem. Rather, the root is the GOP congress as led by Tom DeLay. It is exemplified by efforts of theirs such as the "K Street Project," whereby they have sought, for years, to cement their grasp on power by melding the operations of lobbying outfits and their own offices.
But the editorial writers do have one excellent point:
The peddling of power is not a partisan issue ... . Nor is a political money machine that allows a criminal enterprise such as Abramoff's to insinuate itself into the halls of Congress.But, they don't quite take this far enough. Indeed, this should not be a partisan issue. And it would not be if more Republicans would speak out and fight against those who have taken over their party. It is time to call out rank-and-file Republicans and back-bench representatives to stand up and take back their party from the forces of corruptionboth the legal and the illegal versions.
As Mike points out, David Brooks makes a nice start of this in the New York Times today (alas, it is a Times Select article and thus only available to subscribers, so I have not read the entire article). Who will join Brooks? Only Republicans can clean up the Republican's house.