Thursday, September 04, 2008
This Will Help the Ticket
I recall scenes from the best American movie ever made, Citizen Kane, where the incumbent in a race for governor against the title character reacts to the speech where Kane (played by a skinny Orson Wells) has promised to pursue a criminal investigation of his opponent. It does't go well for Kane. He would have won had he not promised the post election prosecution.
Biden also promised that an Obama-Biden government would go through Bush, administration data with "a fine-toothed comb" and pursue criminal charges if necessary.
"If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation," he said, "they will be pursued, not out of vengeance, not out of retribution - out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no one, no attorney general, no president, no one is above the law."
I'm interested in hearing what Biden thinks are promising avenues for such a criminal investigation. I can think of many mistakes, but no crimes, certainly no malum in se crimes.
I am worried about the continuing criminilization of politics. No use saying who started it. The last thing we need is a new administration indicting wholesale their predecessors every 8 years. That will bring the talent running to government service. That will make things better.
Ask anyone to quote a line from "Citzen Kane" and the best for which you can hope is "Rosebud."
Now ask the question about "Casablanca."
Yvonne: "Where were you last night?"
Rick: "That's so long ago, I don't remember."
Yvonne: "Will I see you tonight?"
Rick: "I never make plans that far ahead."
I still get a kick out of the sceen in the middle of the movie when Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are in France driving in a sports car and he puts his arm around her. I like the viual effect of the backgroud.