A couple of weeks ago Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who is running for governor, made the “Today” show and most major news outlets for a picture placing him at a wild high school beach week party in Delaware in June.
It showed him with his arm up, phone extended, looking like he was about to take a photo of a bikini-clad girl doing a dance Miley Cyrus made popular recently.
He said he visited the party to speak with his son. And the attorney general, an outspoken critic of underage drinking, denied he knew any alcohol was being consumed. Besides, he told the Baltimore Sun, “Assume for purpose of discussion that there was widespread drinking at this party. How is that relevant to me? The question is, do I have moral authority over other people’s children at beach week in another state? I say no.”
WASHINGTON - An underlying theme of our times that has gone unperceived by the high and mighty in media, gov-ernment, and other locales where the politically alive come to roost is the thumping failure of an increasing number of counterproductive old Progressive reforms. Once they were beheld as prodigies from the minds of superior citizens, such stars of yesteryear as Robert M. La Follette and Woodrow Wilson. Now they are revealed as hollow shams or at best curiosities. Surely soon they will be seen for what they are, catnip from the egotists.
WASHINGTON - When barney frank announced the other day that he was shuffling off stage after three decades in the congressional limelight, I was brought back to 1980 when some very thoughtful friends from Harvard told me to watch him. Paul H. Weaver had been an aide to Irving Kristol, the Godfather of Neoconservatism, which was lustrous in those days and rightly so. Paul was one of the brightest young Neocons of his generation. I always took him seriously. He thought that Congressman Frank was principled, stupendously intelligent, and of good cheer—a wit. It seemed Frank was going to be another Daniel Patrick Moynihan or at least an Allard Lowenstein, the former congressman and principled Liberal activist who had recently been murdered.
WASHINGTON - Do you recall in reading President Harry S. Truman's very good memoir, Years of Trial and Hope: 1946-1952, his scholarly dissection of the Federal Reserve System and discussion of low inflation's influence on relatively unstable growth? Actually, I do not either, and I read the book from cover to cover. Or how about Dwight D. Eisenhower, the man who led our forces in vanquishing Hitler's war machine, became the first Supreme Commander of NATO and eventually president, serving until 1960? Do you remember his erudite discussions of domestic policy during his 1952 campaign? His plan to pare down the national debt with a temporary "surcharge" on the top 1.5 percent of income earners? And then there was, of course, his education policy that would include highly nutritious lunches to low-income students so the students would not be a burden on our healthcare system in future years? Well, I do not recall these discussions either.