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Politicians no longer hide misdemeanors

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to hear a case in which plaintiffs are asking that Vice President Dick Cheney be required to reveal who is on his energy task force. 

Last month, Cheney went on a Louisiana hunting trip and took along a guest, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The U.S. government flew them, their security staff, and a number of vehicles. Considering that Cheney’s case involves energy policy, it’s significant that their local host was an oil services tycoon. Afterward, Scalia told questioners with a straight face that he remains impartial in Cheney’s case, so he isn’t about to recuse himself.

Politicians have traditionally had the courtesy to perform such misdemeanors privately. Now they do it in the middle of the road, evidently assuming voters have their eyes only on Janet Jackson’s breast. We’ll find out if they’re right in November’s election.

Jeff Kane

Nevada City

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