Rakes Muck Best From the Top

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass manages to tie together three prominent scandals and special investigations.

I love baseball, and I loathe Bonds. But baseball isn’t the Oval Office and Democratic excuses for being sexually satisfied by an intern while you’re on the phone with a congressman talking about sending American troops to the Balkans. Baseball isn’t a list of names of foreign operatives that can be linked to a CIA officer outed only because the Republican Bush administration didn’t like her husband’s politics. Baseball isn’t sacred. It’s a professional sport. Bookies make a living on it.

This is what happens when we abandon the principle that no one is above the law, and exchange it for the warm comforts of partisanship. It’s something many Democrats did years ago for the Clintons. They prattled on that lying under oath was OK as long as it involved sex. It wasn’t. It was lying under oath.

It’s something many Republicans did recently for the Bush administration, saying it was OK for “Scooter” Libby to lie under oath because he wasn’t the original leaker in the Valerie Plame affair. It wasn’t OK. It was lying under oath.

So, by rights, and by their own words, or by their slick avoidance of the issue, every Democratic and Republican candidate for president should join a Save Barry Bonds news conference, a bipartisan gathering, on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, flanked by their eager media jesters….

Democratic and Republican candidates should stand at the Barry Bonds rally in front of a banner with a simple slogan:

“Barry Bonds was only lying about baseball.”

Okay, I see the parallels, but I would add another set: Why single out the President, among all the philanderers in public office? Why single out the Vice President’s office, among all the leakers in public office? Why single out Barry Bonds, among all the steroid users in major league baseball? Pentru că peştele se împute de la cap and rakes muck best from the top, perhaps?

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