Unfortunately, as an article in today's New York Times indicates, others are quite willing to go with the status quo and blame everything on the Republicans:
Other Democratic lawmakers argued that the real ethical problem was the Republicans, not the current ethics rules, and that the election had alleviated the need for additional regulations. "There is an understanding on our side that the Republicans paid a price for a lot of the abuses that evolved," said Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, alluding to earmarks. Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, said the scandals of the current Congress were "about the K Street Project for the Republicans," referring to the party's initiative to put more Republicans in influential lobbying posts and build closer ties to them. "That was incestuous from the beginning. We never had anything like that," Mr. Harkin said of Democrats. "That is what soured the whole thing."
That kind of thinking is opening the door for even more Congressional scandals. Any look at history decries the notion that Republicans have cornered the marketplace on corruption.
Allowing the current system to continue without any substantial changes is an invitation for more scandal down the road.