This is the time in the long discussion over local government reform in Indiana that we could, justifiably, write an opinion so blistering that young children and other gentle souls would risk life-long consequences if left too long in its presence.
Today, however, we will spare you that stew of scorn and outrage.
It's not that members of the Indiana House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee don't deserve strong censure for once again shielding their cronies in township government from public accountability. They most certainly do.
Disapproval, however, should be reserved for those for whom there's still hope, who have yet to dive willingly into a dark pit, filled to the brim with disdain for the public's best interests. Observers then would have a responsibility to try to rescue them from their fate.
However, it's too late for Democrats in the Indiana House, under the authority of Speaker Pat Bauer (we withhold the word leadership). They already have plunged willingly and deeply into that pit. They have, in fact, sunk so low that they now pretend that the muck they have stirred up can be sold to the gullible as a form of preserving "local control.''
Most Hoosiers, however, have smelled both rose petals and cess pools. And they know the difference -- no matter what cynical politicians might tell them.
It would have seemed unlikely just a few months ago, but it now seems quite apparent that Pat Bauer is so drunk with power that he thinks he can do every conceivable thing to show contempt and disdain to the public and still hold on to his power. I think the guy is going to be eating a lot of humble pie instead of Indiana's sugar cream pie when his members face re-election in 2010 and deservedly so.