When the formerly powerful are made to serve time for their misdeeds, current Members of Congress can't help but take notice. That's why Tom DeLay's jail sentence is good news. The ruling class in America is so seldom made to follow the same rules that apply to their fellow citizens. Assuming that appeal attempts fail, DeLay's case will be a welcome exception to that trend, and perhaps a small boon to the rule of law, which he did so much to undermine.

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