More Blago vs. Coleman

By Brian Beutler

I don’t really disagree with Matt’s post per se, but I do think there’s much more to this. After all, Rod Blagojevich was trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat after Obama won the presidency on an anti-corruption platform, and Norm Coleman is a relatively unknown legislator. That, I’d wager, goes farther in explaining the disparity in press coverage than does the fact that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to turn a blind eye to corruption. And, moreover, I think a lot Democrats made a huge point of tossing Blago to the wolves not because they embody the spirit of pure ethics, but because they were acting reflexively to protect the president elect.