WHAT ABOUT BOB? I had been hoping to do a short, humorous item for our print magazine this fall about how amidst all the "culture of corruption" hype this year, the two most flamboyantly corrupt pols of them all, Ohio's Bob Ney and Louisiana's William Jefferson, were actually both poised to win re-election assuming November rolled along before their indictments did. Tragically, as Steve Benen discusses over at Midterm Madness, Ney has finally forfeited his race against time (and pending legal action), and is calling it quits. Steve notes the timing of the announcement -- soon after news came down the pike that the Justice Department is now looking into the considerable evidence that Ney lied to Senate Indian Affairs Committee staffers.

--Sam Rosenfeld