Time Essay: Is Nobody Indignant Any More?

EVEN allowing for the partisan scandalmongering in which all candidates traffic, the nation's political air seems especially contaminated this year —thick with the taint of special favors, dirty money, interparty espionage, intimations of official power in the service of corporate friends. Nothing has yet been proved exactly, but the cloud hangs over Washington like an inversion. When Martha Mitchell fled to New York, taking her husband with her, she spoke a bit Delphicly about "all those dirty things that go on." Democratic polemicists suggest that the capital was not nearly so dirty until...

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