Up to Their Old Tricks

"Drive for show; putt for dough" is an expression golfers understand. So should members of Congress, many of whom are fond of playing the game at someone else's expense. However, despite the legislative long balls hit over the past season, Capitol Hill's 535 members were unable to master one essential stroke: reforming the rules for their own behavior. True, both the House and Senate gave the appearance of movement on laws designed to tighten campaign financing and lobbying regulations. But both bodies moved so late and in such contradictory directions that any reconciliation they are able to fashion next year would...

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