At last, truth

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“In a way they never tell the truth un­til the con­ces­sion speech. That’s when noth­ing they say can hurt them any­more. They’re worn to the bone and they’ve been in a strug­gle and it’s over, and sud­denly some ba­sic, rock-solid, dumb knowl­edge of what they’ve been in­volved in — a great na­tion’s life — comes loose and de­clares it­self.

“Rep. Harold Ford of Ten­nessee, who lost his Se­nate race, said he’d wanted to be in gov­ern­ment since he was 4 years old, that peo­ple had taken a risk on him, that he was grate­ful. ‘I love my coun­try,’ he said. ‘Don’t lose faith in this great thing called Amer­ica.’ [. . .]

“From Sen. Rick San­to­rum of Penn­syl­va­nia, a demon­stra­tion of pa­tri­otic ci­vil­ity. He praised his op­po­nent as a hu­man be­ing — ‘a fine man, he’ll do a fine job for the state.’

“Sen. Ge­orge Allen, gen­tle­man of Vir­ginia, said, ‘We are placed here on Earth to do some­thing well.’ He vowed to do all he could to help Jim Webb come in and serve in the U.S. Capi­tol.

“Oh, that the new ones would carry in what the old ones have fi­nally learned, or fi­nally meant, or said.”

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