“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men,” according to Lord Acton in 1887. First, it was Tim Geithner, then Nancy Killefer & now Tom Daschle. Not that they had absolute power or have been totally corrupted, but didn’t they think, if nothing else, these actions would threaten their future ambitions? Perhaps it’s the FEAR OF LOSING POWER that can lead us to poor choices.
Afterthought—this isn’t a legal topic, is it?