In the last paragraph of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the animals peer through the windows to see the pigs meeting with their old masters, the humans:

“Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

Tonight, as the Republican-controlled House voted to change its rules to protect Tom Delay should he be indicted in Texas, I found myself thinking of this passage.

When I first became interested in politics in the early 90s, I held the Democrats in low regard for a number of issues: Unbridled government spending, gerrymandered districts that left elections moot, and the overwhelming conclusion that power had corrupted them.

When I look at today’s Congress, I find it now impossible to say which is which.