Dicey stuff, that. But let's give such an important man a chance to plead his case:
Just One Minute, there Mr. Man of the Year, that doesn't sound so true-blue and wide-eyed to me. Are you implying that transparency might not be the new Appropriations Chair's goal? Seems like that kind of gamble is playing with fire. Earmark reform actually unites the Dems and the Republicans.
Far be it from be to attempt to outfox an old Washington fox, but consider this - assuming that, from time to time, members still want stealth earmarks, Obey may be able to offer them a way. Imagine that, as Chairman, Obey puts a few hundred earmarks in a bill under his own name. Only his Congressional friends (and their backers) will know the true beneficiaries. Investigative sleuths such as Justin Rood will suffer from over-disclosure - who will have the resources to track down hundreds of Obey earmarks, only a few of which are actually incendiary? This will become a situation where too much disclosure is no disclosure at all.
Is Obey a saint, a sly old fox, or both? Time may tell.
Let's hope for actual transparency.