Good editorial in the Wall Street Journal about the problem with the Republicans. It’s not ethics, it’s ideas:

The real leadership deficit on Capitol Hill is one of ideas, not ethics. In the absence of any policy ambitions, Congress has drifted and the Democrats’ ethics complaints have filled the vacuum. The one thing Republicans did pass and then brag about during the August recess–the $286 billion highway bill–has now boomeranged as its 6,371 “earmarks” have been exposed as petty and self-serving after Katrina. This is what happens when Republicans try to become the party of government.