Whatever and Otherwise

BOCA RATON, FL — “The war was my fault; 9-11 was my fault,” insufficiently repentant “butterfly ballot” designer Theresa LePore is reported to have whined to a luncheon audience on Friday. “Any time something bad happens, a new death toll in the war or whatever, my e-mails start getting filled up.”

Add to “whatever” the recent events in Georgia, generally agreed to have been fueled by the deep diplomatic ignorance of White House Resident George Bush.

“I take a man at his word,” he bleated, of Russian president Putin. “That’s what you have to do. Until otherwise.”

Is it too much to ask that one take the consequences of a job shoddily done more seriously than that?

It seems a good time to ask with another presidential election on the way, another brain-teaser ballot, and, to monitor those, a sharply diminishing number of experienced working journalists.

Incidentally, I would like to add my voice to those who have noted the callousness of Elizabeth Edward’s laissez-faire attitude toward the outcome of the next election when, aware of the liability of her husband’s candidacy to his party, and thus to his country, she continued to campaign for him.


One Response

  1. Oh now, don’t be hating on Elizabeth. For one thing, she really believed (believes?) in her husband. Plus we don’t know what/how much he told her about the affair.

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