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Musing on decency

I know that I start from exactly the place Sullivan’s talking about: I start with an assumption that there’s a “baseline of decency in public officials.” I see the logic in rejecting that, but I’m not sure I can. More than that, I’m not sure I want to.

This is not to say that I’m not cynical. I have my own baseline supposition about nearly everyone, that there are more often selfish motives at work than charity. The more loudly one declares their own goodness, the more actively I search for flaws. With someone like John Edwards, that instinct has served me well. Continue reading

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