See No Ethics, Hear No Ethics

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With the recent testimony of VECO CEO Bill Allen about the free work his company did on Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) home, questions about the Senator's alleged favor-trading with the company are once again in the headlines. On today's installment of TPM TV, Josh Marshall asks this: why is it that Stevens is getting the kid-glove treatment from his colleagues while Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was booted so quickly he practically left fingernail marks on his desk?

Yeah, yeah Craig's story is lascivious and ripe with potential for moral grandstanding but Stevens' alleged violations pose a more serious threat to the business of Congress than Craig's -- Stevens after all appears to have directed government money to a company that gave him a nice break on a home remodel. Certainly that's worth an ethics probe. How moral is it for a state's senior Senator to trade the integrity of his office for a hardwood floor?