On Oct. 2, The Wall Street Journal ran a scathing editorial taking the Republicans to task for failing to deliver on their promises:
“The 109th Congress has gone home to fight for re-election and the best testament to its accomplishments is that very few Republicans are running on them … too many Republicans now believe their purpose in Washington is keeping power for its own sake. The reform impulse that won the House in 1994 has given way to incumbent protection. This is the root of the earmarking epidemic, which now mars every spending bill and has become a vast new opportunity for Member corruption…. Even amid all of this scandal, many Republicans still refuse to acknowledge any problem … ”
But nowhere in the entire editorial did the WSJ mention the absolutely worst thing about the 109th Congress: the utter certainty that it will be followed by the 110th.