The Pelosicrats appeared to have raised shamelessness to a virtue. Rangel, Geithner, Daschle, the names resonated through Vice’s “black trumpet” — the names of those too important, too “indispensable,” to be called to account for their “mistakes.”
If some vestigial sense of form would have them apologize, they do so profusely but without shame. There remorse, if any, is not “the echo of a lost virtue” but a mental snap of the finger at being caught.
The utter shamelessness of these “public servants” would be bad enough, but it is the contempt — the exquisite contempt — they have shown to the public that is the most dispiriting.
It was Edmund Burke who wrote, “Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.” Tom Daschle, whether it is to his credit or to some sense that contempt would be returned with contempt, has by withdrawing his name from cabinet consideration shown that perhaps the old watchman is not yet dead.
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