But what the opening paragraph will be will depend on the Senate Republican Leadership and John McCain.

You see, no story about the Senate will be complete without mentioning that Senator Ted Stevens’ (R-AK) home was raided by the FBI and IRS. But Harry Reid has been kind enough to offer up the perfect compliment in the form of a gutted ethics bill.

Will the leadership back away from Senator Stevens, as recommended by Erick Erickson? Will it decide that an ethics bill from which Reid stripped the earmark reform is not adequate, and it will fight?

Or will it play the backroom politics, transactional, "factory game" and support the bill? That’s where my money is.

If leadership doesn’t step up, the only person who can give this bill a high-enough profile will be McCain. He has credibility with the American people and with the press to stand up and say "this is not right." If the leadership refuses to deliver the message, it is likely that John McCain is the only one who can cut through the cruft and do it.

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Stiffing Stevens, Guarding Gonzales? « Blue NoVA · July 31, 2007 at 1:33 PM

[…] Now the cast (courtesy of Memorandum): Those talking about Sen. Stevens and his raid to name a few: Firedoglake, Captain’s Quarters, Carpetbagger Report, RCP, Swampland, Red State, Wonkette, eyeon08, Michelle Malkin, TPMmuckraker just to name a few. Now those out there jumping to the Gonzales defense: Powerline, PrairiePundit, The Volokh Conspiracy, Dick Cheney, and Captain’s Quarters from just a quick glance. Also of note, the Anonymous Liberal has great coverage of the Gonzales case. […]

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