It's time for a little bi-partisanship. It's time for Hastert to go, and it is in the interests of every conservative to say so.
[Just read it, everyone...]
I'm way past the point of attempting to defend this type of 'legalized corruption" on the part of a Republican while excoriating it on the part of Blagojevich, Daley, & other Democrats.
I frankly don't care whether the types of schemes in the article are "technically legal." They simply destroy the trust that people have in their leaders. The fact is that Hastert has outlived his usefulness if he's going to enrich himself this way.
On a broader note, we all know that even if they felt the same way, Peter Roskam and Dave McSweeney couldn't publicize their views. The damage Hastert could inflict with his clout is still much greater than the benefit a candidate could get from saying and doing the right thing.
This is how parties rot. It will be interesting to see how many Republicans call for Hastert to step down as speaker, and how many Republicans hide behind "But Blagojevich...."