Nickels and dimes
The first half day of the much-awaited Easley hearings have produced no truly sensational revelations, but it seems pretty clear that the former Guv was at least guilty of playing it stupidly and ridiculously fast and loose with the rules.
This, of course, begs the question: Why does it always seem to go down this way? Why do smart, talented public officials with plenty of money and resources at their disposal always seem to go down over nickels and dimes? A used SUV for the kid? Why not just pay for the damned thing? Why feel compelled to cut some kind of good ol’ boy deal with a friendly car dealer to pay him when you were “done using it”? Home repairs? Free airplane rides?
Whether it’s reckless sexual behavior or accepting trinkets from hangers on, it seems as if it always happens this way — powerful politicians fall as the result of stupid, all-too-human behavior rather than because of large conspiracies or transgressions related to their offices.
Perhaps we need to establish a new state office: that of the Official State Psychotherapist. His or her job would be counsel high state officials so that they could work through all of their internal demons and spare the rest of us from having to hear about them later on.