But since he's not available, the Department of Justice will have to do for Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, who was indicted today for making false statements on senate financial disclosures. (The allegations boil down to hiding bribes.) Honestly, I have no idea whether the allegations that Stevens took a free home remodeling and other perks (and such penny ante perks at that) in return for using his influence on behalf of oil firms are true, so I'll leave it at this: Ted Stevens is a symbol of everything that is wrong with Congress, whether these allegations are true or not.
He has based his career on extorting federal tax dollars from the citizens of the nation as a whole for the benefit of a few, on a scale that is unmatched on the Republican side of the aisle. On the Democratic side, he's probably matched only by Bob Byrd. The difference is that Byrd doesn't pretend to be a conservative, fiscal or otherwise. While the Alaskans who send him to the trough may feel differently, Stevens and his ilk are living endorsements for term limits, and the sooner Stevens is gone, the better it will be for America.