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John E., We Hardly Knew Ya?

Monday, Aug. 11, 2008 4:02 AM

I think we can safely say John Edwards' political ambitions are over. (Though an impeachment and allegations of financial impropriety via Whitewater haven't exactly kept the Clintons on the sidelines.)

But, if an extramarital affair ends any consideration of John Edwards as Attorney General, should we not also give a long and honest look at how well we have been served by:

- John Ashcroft, who spent government funds to cover up the statue of Justice (or, more accurately, her breasts - perhaps wanting to be the only boob on camera).

- Alberto Gonzales, who allowed aides Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling to violate federal law on hiring practices, and who gave his tacit approval to torture.

- Michael Mukasey, who assured senators during his confirmation hearing that he would prosecute any crime he discovered within the Bush Administration, but seems to be spending more time offering excuses.

The OPEC nations made nearly $700 billion in profits this past quarter.

Several American protesters who lay on the ground in Beijing prior to the opening ceremonies were taken into custody by Chinese authorities and deported. The protesters are now making the rounds of news outlets, talking about how they were punched and kicked, and how those Evil Chinese took their credit cards and charged their plane tickets to them.

Now, I'd wager that most people in the Bay Area have at least a vague awareness of the issues between China and Tibet (or China and Taiwan, for that matter). So trundling off to China to stage a protest, getting arrested and deported advanced the dialogue how, exactly?

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I wonder how this fits into John McCain's assurance that he is aware of all internet traditions.

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