AS THE 1998 midterm congressional elections loom, the indictment of former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros once again raises the question: When will establishment liberals realize that any reconstruction of progressive politics is doomed unless it incorporates zero tolerance of corruption? In the Reagan/Bush years, it was the liberal Democrats in Congress who, supported by the beltway punditocracy, insisted on the need for the independent-counsel statute, and the GOP that opposed it. In the Clinton administration, those roles have been reversed--and the example most often cited as "inappropriate" or the "criminalization of political differences" has been the independent counsel in... More >>>