The Editor's Perspective: Enron inquisition brings out worst in politicians

Enron Corp. brought out the worst in parts of its talented work force. Now it's bringing out the worst in congressional politicians.Roll Call, a weekly Capitol Hill newspaper, reports that 11 congressional committees and subcommittees are investigating Enron. It might be a record.Wouldn't a single, focused committee do a better and faster job of fact-finding than the scramble under way?Of course it would. But fact-finding isn't the goal.The goal is publicity for committee and subcommittee chairs and sidekick inquisitors.Enron is easy prey. A dark embodiment of the corporate stereotype has slumped under the weight of its own excesses, ready to be spanked on television.Consider ...

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