There is nothing new about the notion that politicians sometimes seem to live in a world of their own, with little sense of what is important and what is not. Given that they are human, and that we all tend to think that whatever it is we are involved in matters more than it actually does, perhaps that is understandable. Still, one would still like to think that sometimes they could take a step back and see how silly they are. Especially since being silly can have rather bad consequences when your decisions can affect everybody in the country.
Stepping back, however, does not seem to be Senator Kerry’s strongest point. Still bitter from losing the 2004 elections he now feels the need to demonstrate his anger at every chance he gets. It does not matter what the issue is, it seems, or whether his campaign and its opponents has any relevance — if somebody opposed him then they will have to answer for it.
This can easily become silly and more than a little annoying. Very much so when it comes to the appointment of a man named Sam Fox as the U.S. ambassador to Belgium. This man apparently gave some money to the Swift Boat Veterans, and to Senator Kerry this is highly relevant for his appropriateness. OpinionJournal describes the situation:
After some desultory questioning about “the image of America in Europe,” Mr. Kerry solicited Mr. Fox’s opinions as to “the politics of personal destruction”–to which Mr. Fox replied, “Senator, you’re a hero.” Not good enough. Mr. Kerry launched into a harangue about 527 committees (the Swift Boaters were one of those) and other affronts to his station in life, none of which were germane to Mr. Fox’s qualifications to serve.
I don’t know anything about Mr Fox, and it will hardly doom the world if he is not appointed, but it would be nice if we could get rid of these childish demonstrations, and instead have the politicians seriously consider the many important matters at hand. Who knows, maybe the voters would appreciate that.