November 26, 2006
Close, clean politics
By Bill Kraus
In the fall of 1968 after Richard Nixon was elected president, the Washington Post’s very anti-Nixon political cartoonist known as Herblock told his readers that he was going to give the new president a pass.
The Nixon images in Herblock’s cartoons always showed him with a couple days growth of beard.
Herblock said he would give the new president a clean shave.
I think the press and its electronic extension, the bloggers, might consider doing the same for the winners of the mostly unbecoming, even vicious, campaign of 2006.
The people we elected are engaged in a difficult but honorable trade. They are, for the most part, adventuresome, superior people.
The public agenda, which is now their responsibility, is long and complicated and contentious.
Let’s give ‘em a break. Let’s talk about what they want to do instead of who they are or where they came from or what labels they wear, or even what baggage they carry.
Let’s give them a clean shave.
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