Politics is a profession filled with jerks, cheats and liars. The jurors sitting in judgment of John Edwards and Roger Clemens likely could not comprehend why these two men were being held to a strict, criminal standard, while other jerks, cheats and liars freely roamed the streets of D.C.
By failing to convict in cases where the evidence to do so readily existed, the juries sent a message that they were not going to single out these two jerks for punishment.
Prioritize a list of all the things about which government officials have lied over the past decade. Baseball and sex will be pretty far down the page.
If all the politicians in Washington were to be charged every time they lied to Congress, the federal docket would be filled with new perjury cases daily. So many men and women would be attending arraignments that it would be impossible to get a quorum in any committee.
Following his trial John Edwards stated that God wasn’t through with him yet. I bet not.
As for Roger Clemens, whether he was a great pitcher or a cheater who tarnished the integrity of the game will eventually be decided when ballots are cast upon his entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame. I suspect those voters will be a much tougher jury that the 12 he recently met.
Rick Robinson is the author of political thrillers which can be purchased on Amazon and at book stores everywhere. His latest novel, Manifest Destiny, has won seven writing awards, including Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival.