Thursday, November 18, 2004


There are some actions that set one up, even if there are good reasons to take them. The House Republicans just did that by changing its rules and letting Tom DeLay, the House Majority Leader, keep his job although he is facing an indictment. The howls have begun. No matter what Republicans say to justify it, nothing can make it look better.

Similarly, John Kerry just landed in hot water because he reported he still had $15 million in the bank after his election campaign. His own party members are angry with him and said he should have spent the money or given it to candidates in tight races. That amount of money makes it seem that Kerry didn't give the race his all. There are good reasons for Kerry to have that much on hand, but nothing Kerry can say will calm angry Democrats.

Sometimes politicians' sensitivity to perceptions fail them.


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