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One Good Reason Not To Work In Washington

The Hill publishes a new rundown of the Senate Judiciary Committee 'hacking' scandal. (Thanks to The Legal Theory Blog for the link.) No real 'news' in it, but one very depressing paragraph:

Several Republican aides have said [Patricia Knight, Sen. Hatch's chief of staff] has close relationships with key Democratic aides, citing alleged friendships with Mark Childress, a top aide to Daschle, and another unnamed top aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).

My god! An 'alleged friendship' across the aisle? What star-crossed friendships might these be? Horrors, horrors, we shall get the Prince and put an end to this at once!

I don't know Knight at all, but the 'aides' mentioned above should be ashamed of themselves. If she's not a conservative, fine. But having friends of differing political persuasions is not a sin punishable by hellfire and brimstone.


Not sure I'm reading you right. You're saying if she's not a conservative its OK to pillary her cause shes working for the wrong side, but if she's just sociable they're out of line? M
If she's conservative, you can disagree with her, and in Washington, disagreements can take on practical consequences. (I disagree with you on health care--therefore I'm going to work to get your bill defeated.) But it's a lousy system when you're saying, "I disagree with you--you're not conservative enough. That's because you've got the wrong friends." It's a bad attitude. I mean, you and I are friends. Anyone who told me, "Well, if you hang out with Martin, you can't be a real conservative" certainly wouldn't be a friend but a fool.

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