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We have e-mail, e-trade, e-commerce and let's not overlook e-government, which is revolutionizing Washington D.C. Lap dogs now have laptops.

Government red tape can now be dispensed by mouse. Bureaucratic screw-ups which used to be buried in paper can now be downloaded and printed and buried on other paper.

Then there is the Carnivore, the FBI's sneaky new system to scan everyone's e-mail. As they say at the FBI, "We're not your father's wiretappers anymore."

The problem with e-government is that Washington runs on seniority and I just can't picture Strom Thurmond pulling out his zip disk.