As a former congressman myself, I understand the urgency every member feels to retire his or her campaign debt and raise the money needed to hold the hard-seat. That's where Trent Lott and the lobbying corps come in.
Board members of arts organization who remember their missions. Arts leaders who focus on training the next generation of arts leaders. Political leaders to remember that almost 6 million Americans are employed in the arts...
Pelosi's removal is tragedy because it means that the most effective senior Democratic leader won't be a featured player the next two years and because liberals' most articulate spokesperson will now be on the sidelines.
The solution to our broken campaign financing system doesn't lie in disclosing where the outside money is coming from -- though that'd be good to pass as legislation -- it lies in getting candidates off the fundraising treadmill,