"I don't know of a person more honorable," said Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).These statements of unqualified support - echoing president Obama's own - are for a man who used his massive past-and-future political power to earn $5.2 million over two years in a series of sinecures. If Venezuelan or Russian politicians did this, we'd cite it as evidence that they are kleptocracies where the will of the people is ignored. In America, however, we're sophisticated: "retired" Senator Daschle wasn't being bribed - he was being paid for "important work".
"It's an innocent mistake," added John Kerry (D-Mass.).
"My breast is clear, and my support is strong," intoned Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
"I will vote for Senator Daschle," the committee chairman, Max Baucus (D-Mont.), read from a prepared statement.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Honor Among Thieves
Beware lest you ever be praised by these men: