What is left to say about Congressman Gary Condit? How about, “Enough already!”
But no, it’s never enough. Not when a congressman is holding his seat with the ferocious resolve of a professional politician locked in on a lifelong career at $150,000 smackers a year, not to mention the perks and a gold-plated pension.
No, this guy isn’t planning to give up his job, his position, his power no matter what. Judging by his obtuse stonewalling on TV, Condit is saying, “Go ahead: Drag me, my family and the entire country through this sordid tale: I can stand neck-deep in open sewage longer than you can.”
Perhaps that’s the new Washington standard. Now, to add insult to injury, the Condit camp is saying that the congressman never denied the affair with Chandra Levy, you know, the one he won’t confirm. You see, it was his taxpayer-funded staff who told reporters there was no relationship. Mr. Condit, of course, had no idea what his very own staff was telling the media. You just can’t get good help these days.
Condit’s fallen so far that even fellow Democrats in Congress are no longer defending him. In fact, there is talk of removing him from the House Intelligence Committee. (No doubt a very small committee to begin with.) But Condit’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, explains why this scandal just makes Condit an even more effective congressman. Lowell tells us, “He’s probably the only person on the Intelligence Committee who can’t be blackmailed anymore.”
Now there’s a dandy slogan for Mr. Condit’s reelection campaign.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.