by Conor Friedersdorf
This line from a New York Times editorial is being justly mocked:
Mr. DeLay, the Texas Republican who had been the House majority leader, crowed that he had been “found innocent.” But many of Mr. DeLay’s actions remain legal only because lawmakers have chosen not to criminalize them.
This reminds me to recommend this exceptional series published some years ago in The Washington Post. It explains the whole rise of modern lobbying in the nation's capital through the lens of a particularly compelling character.
It's one of the most informative things I've ever read about how American government works.