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The End of Accountability: Dollar Bill Jefferson Cruises

What's a cold, hard $90,000 between friends?

The comically corrupt "Dollar" Bill Jefferson — who was filmed taking bribe money by the FBI and later found with most of that money in his Frigidaire — has been reelected in a runoff, garnering 52 percent of the vote.

It's really hard to find fault in the fecklessness of the House Ethics Committee — which whitewashed the Foley coverup on Friday — when it's clear the public just doesn't fucking care.

Seriously. Elections, as president Bush has said, truly are "accountability moments." And when voters give obviously crooked pols a free pass, can we be surprised when they do the same for themselves? Why should the Ethics Committee impose real consequences on fellow House members, when, as long as the pork keeps coming home, vile men like Jefferson can escape consequences with the voting public.

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