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Author Tolchin, Susan J.
Title Glass houses : congressional ethics and the politics of venom / Susan J. Tolchin and Martin Tolchin.
Imprint Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, [2004]
©2004

Subject United States. Congress -- Ethics.
Alt Name Tolchin, Martin.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 202 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-191) and index.
Contents The ethics wars -- The apple and other temptations -- Joe McCarthy and the ethics process -- Abscam and the "Keating Five" -- The new rules of the ethics wars -- Sex: the sin of hypocrisy -- Torricelli, and CIA, and the Intelligence Committee -- Forgery: the case of the purloined stationery -- The noble lie: modern ethical dilemmas -- The politics of venom.
Summary Newt Gingrich, the Genghis Khan of recent American politics, wrenched the humdrum congressional ethics process out of its lethargy and turned it into an offensive tool for partisan gain. Now, instead of yawning, lawmakers quake at the thought of an ethics inquiry that can easily, often unfairly, tip elections and ruin careers. While members of the House and Senate confront the public's changing attitudes toward money, sex, and power, they are also forced to raise ever-escalating sums to finance their campaigns. Practices tolerated a decade ago now may cost lawmakers their seats or land them in jail. Lawmakers often don't know if they live in Salem or Gomorrah. Using new information culled from dozens of Capitol Hill interviews, Sue and Marty Tolchin show how ethics in Washington have changed over two centuries while offering new interpretations of past ethics cases. The first book to analyze the politicization of the ethics process, Glass Houses reveals in wicked and telling detail the forces that drive the modern lawmaker into a maelstrom of fierce corruption battles.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780786751013 (electronic bk.)
0786751010 (electronic bk.)
0813341612
9780813341613
OCLC # 855218714
Additional Format Print version: Tolchin, Susan J. Glass houses. Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2004 0813341612 (DLC) 2011281185 (OCoLC)54368293