Thursday, January 17, 2002

The Republicans should be caught on the horns of a dilemma in the Enron debacle. Either they are shown as a party owned and controlled by big business, or they try to argue that, since both parties received lots of Enron money, the corruption is bipartisan and as much a problem for the Democrats as for them. Given the extreme bias of Enron in giving money to Republicans over Democrats, it should be almost impossible for Republicans to claim that it is a bipartisan problem, but they seem to be doing it anyway and may get away with it. If they succeed in making this argument, however, all they do is prove that the whole system is corrupted by the current campaign finance rules, and prove that campaign finance reform is essential. Since they benefit more from the current corruption than the Democrats do, they have a problem.