Yoda
Yoda would never use his Jedi Council position to hire a lawyer on a no-bid basis.

Blawgletter just noticed an interesting parallel. 

As we reported (again) yesterday, the editorial page at WSJ has a hootin’ good time taking whacks at contingent fee lawyers who provide campaign cash to state attorneys general who retain them.

This morning we realized that the NYT editors follow a strangely similar track.  They complain about hourly lawyers who get no-bid contracts from U.S. attorneys.  The prime example involved former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who stands to earn up to $52 million for the "monitoring" gig.

Tit for tat.

We’ll leave it to our Dear Readers to decide which kind of sweetheart arrangement offendeth them more or causeth greater harm.  (Although we note that the contingent fee deal at least guarantees some kind of return to the hiring party.)  We’ll instead repeat our faith that a dose of competition — in this area as in so many others — would avoid a multitude of potential sins.

Feedicon Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  Hint:  Not Yoda.