Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Two politicians in trouble are attempting a coup de main. One has "discovered" that he forgot to report more than a million dollars of earnings. The other is embroiled in the scandal of an extramarital affair. Both are defying calls to step down. It will be interesting to see if they can get away with their sins in office. Politicians who have committed lesser offenses have gone quietly. These two have determined that they will maintain their grip on power and apparently, use any means to do so. Is this a case where public relations has broken down in the face of obdurateness? It would appear so. There are times when individuals and organizations can bull through public opinion and survive -- and even thrive. One can claim, however, that effect of public opinion has only been deferred and sooner or later, it will catch up with those who go against it. Maybe so, but in the meantime they continue to wield power and the public's sentiment is denied.