The national distraction known as March Madness is upon us and not a minute too soon for President Bush. Currently the Bush administration is embroiled in an unpopular illegal war started on the false pretense of Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, his attorney general Alberto Gonzales, who was previously best known for supporting the torture of prisoners of war, is under fire for sacking eight federal prosecutors for allegedly political purposes. Bush’s political advisor Karl Rove has also been linked to the scandal as has Bush’s former Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers. Democrats have asked that Rove, Miers and other White House officials appear before Congress for questioning and are considering subpoenas if they refuse to.

Add to all of that drama the conditions of the Walter Reed Medical facility, alleged DC-madam Deborah Pelfrey turning over the names of up to fifteen thousand DC-based high profile johns, and the conviction of Scooter Libby and you have an administration that is almost as rife with scandal as it is incompetence, but forget about that.

The real question this month is which teams will make the final four this year? After all if you are like most of America, you probably have $5 riding on your bracket and no vested interest in yet another Bush scandal. Perhaps the real madness of this March is playing out in DC and not college basketball courts. As Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law.”