Jewish World Review June 6, 2012/ 16 Sivan, 5772
The man who won't go away
By Paul Greenberg
Before the non-decision in
So what else was new?
In this (nigh-endless) case, the jurors in
Of course, the jurors would be divided, unable to make up their minds. Because it was a toss-up whether the defendant or the chief witness against him -- formerly his top aide, confidant, factotum and general toady -- was a more despicable type. They deserved each other.
It didn't surprise to find both once near the top of the political pecking order in this country, which is what happens when a republic devolves into a mass democracy.
Every time some distinguished pol drags out that tired old line about politics being an honorable profession, he succeeds mainly in raising suspicions. There has to be a reason why a profession feels obliged to keep reminding the public how honorable it is. Can it be the presence and prevalence of so many dishonorables in its ranks?
Surely not, but if you knew someone who went around regularly proclaiming his honor, wouldn't it make you suspicious? It should.
I tried to think of this case of Honor v. Edwards as little as possible while it ground on, but it was unavoidable. Isn't it the function of the news pages to give commentators a steady flow of things to comment on? Duty called, however irksome.
And last week I had to think about
Tell us once more how character really doesn't matter in a political leader, that what matters is only political skill. And try to keep a straight face while saying it -- and keeping
At this point, surely most Americans, if they are absolutely forced to think about one
Of course not.
After he'd apologized to everybody in sight and out,
"I don't think God's through with me. I really believe He thinks there are some things I can do. And whatever happens with this legal stuff going forward, what I'm hopeful about is, all those kids that I've seen, in the poorest parts of this country, and some of the poorest parts of the world, that I can help them. In whatever way I am still capable of helping them. And I want to dedicate my life to being the best dad I can be, and to helping those kids who I think deserve help, and who I hope I can help...."
I wish he hadn't sounded like he was running for office yet again.
I wish he had left God out of it.
I wish he had left himself out of it.
I wish he would just go away.
JWR contributor Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Send your comments by clicking here.
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