Book-keeping... and writing

The National Post observes that the White House expects Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. trade representative, former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, to be confirmed despite being the fifth of Mr. Obama's nominees to run into tax trouble. I was going to ask whether it's only citizens, and Republicans, who are expected to file accurate returns. But I was distracted from this line of reasoning by the Ottawa Citizen story that "disgraced" former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has signed a six-figure book deal to write about the dark side of politics according to "his publicist". Man, the cycle of disgrace, repentance and redemption has sure become short... and lucrative. Oh by the way, both men are Democrats, a detail the media seem to have overlooked in their reporting.