Thursday, October 12, 2006

Political Ethics

Political Ethics

I noticed has a current poll regarding politician ethics.

Of course, nowhere does the poll ask about what we think of the ethics of St. Louis city politicians....

In any event, the last question is curious:

"Who is the worst behaved public official?"

Choices are:

  • John Ashcroft
  • George W. Bush
  • Dick Cheney
  • Mark Foley
  • I'm sending you an angry email because you named only Republicans again

    Somehow, the current results have Pres. Bush at #1 with 34%, Mark Foley #2 with 24%, and VP Cheney #3 with 20%.

    Hmmm. While I'm certainly no fan of Bush, has he ever shot anybody or sent a teenage boy explicit messages?

    If he has, surely somebody would have dug that up by now. Yeah, he did cocaine, but somehow that doesn't seem as bad if we're talking about personal ethics.

    I still feel like Bush is just a pretty-boy puppet anyway, and that Cheney and his coterie pull the strings most of the time. So in my view, the order should be reversed, with Cheney #1, Foley #2, and Bush #3.

    But I guess when you're president you get to be the favored whipping boy.

    I do wonder why Dennis Hastert wasn't on the list. After all, John Ashcroft ain't been in office for a year and a half now. Or how about Trent Lott?
  • 1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    Mr. Ashcroft is very much back in the news: a thoughtful new book about political behavior, a national book tour (which just passed through St. Louis) , and -- this coming Sunday -- a profile in the NY Time Sunday Magazine.