Sunday, May 28, 2006

'The Monetizing of the Public Man'

The Washington Post today published this marvelous guide to one of America's oldest stories: how public rectitude often eventually turns to private gain in the nation's capital. Clinton Defense Secretary William Cohen, a former Republican Senator from Maine, was always considered--and always considered himself--among the most stubbornly ethical men in Washington. As a young lawmaker, he voted to impeach his fellow Republican Nixon, and years later, Clinton turned to him to head the Pentagon, universally interpreted as a signal that the former draft dodger would keep hands off the military by putting a person of impeccable stature in charge. Now, Cohen has become that most tiresome type: the buckraking Beltway bandit, an oily lobbyist, trading on his gold-plated Rolodex to undo a lifetime of his legislative work by selling to the highest bidders access to his old contacts. And in the process, he has undone his sterling reputation in a small fraction of the time it took to build it. How sad.


At 4:36 PM, Blogger Daniella said...

David Hilzenrath shows much conviction in unvealing one more page of the political corruption which has now become institutionalized in our country.

Why are the people of America not rising in protest? Cohen is not the only one, he is the norm. How many stories like must be told before people get the BS factor and demand, insist for an inquiry and a ban on lobbyist.

I admired Zbigniew Brzezinski for his true integrity, it is not about unsubstantiated disclaimers it is about transperancy.

By the way, I enjoyed the Clinton piece as well.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Youngstown Pride said...

John, yesterday's NYT's Sunday Mag has a good article on political blogging that might be worth a look.


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