Needed: A Better Class of Crooks in Office

What is it that makes hypocritical politicians make their foibles a centerpiece of their careers? I pity a person like Rep. Mark Foley, who was part of a congressional caucus to protect abused children, yet had a thing for young boys. I assume (perhaps out of excessive generosity) that he must have been a tortured soul. I can not image such a tinge of conscience for the chicken hawks, who strut about as war heroes, while covering up their efforts to avoid the draft.

I prefer politicians like former governor Edwin Edwards who behaved as if he knew that everybody else knew he was a crook. He also had a sense of humor. I remember when he was running against David Duke, the Republican Klan candidate for governor. Edwards said, “I too am a wizard under the sheets.”

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