Nation: Verbiage of Virtue

Invoking Luke, Plato, Cicero and other chroniclers of virtue, the Senate Select Committee on Standards and Conduct last week proposed "additions to the standing rules of the Senate." They amounted, in fact, to a bulky code of ethics intended to spare the Senate future embarrassments of the kind that have plagued it in the past, most notoriously those occasioned by the transgressions of Tom Dodd and Bobby Baker.

Despite the report's lofty assertion that "a Senator is extended an extraordinary measure of trust and confidence not given to ordinary members of society," its...

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