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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, April 15, 2012

When Is A Scandal Not A Scandal?

Men are pigs.  This is news?

Twelve Secret Service Agents apparently took advantage of Colombia's significantly more lenient prostitution laws while preparing for Obama's trip down there.

When discovered, they were relieved of duty.

I guess I'm missing the scandal here.  Because people doing bad or distasteful things is only scandalous in the very Victorian/Edwardian sense of the word.  I suppose in some ways they represent the government, but then again, they are supposed to be, you know, "secret".  They did not actually break any laws, but because their behavior was considered unacceptable, they were suspended.

Where is the scandal here?  There was no cover-up.  There was no one in elected or political office at play here.  These were individuals - albeit acting in a group - who behaved poorly and were censured for it.

Maybe it's just the slow news period between the Clown Car being put up in blocks on Mitt's lawn so he can appeal to rural voters.  Maybe it's the neo-Victorian moral posturing of much of our media.  But I don't understand what the need is to focus on this story for more than a few minutes of slightly bemused summary.

This is the sort of thing Letterman or Stewart should be focusing on.

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