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Roll over! Sit!

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jun 14, 2003

Uh oh.

According to a New York Times report, other members of the bishops' National Review Board are joining in the calls for Gov. Keating's resignation.

(Gov. Keating, an experienced politician, must know what's happening: Somebody is working the phone lines.)

Keating's offense, his critics agree, is that he compared the bishops' stonewalling tactics with the code of omerta in the Cosa Nostra. Was that comparison impolite? Certainly. Tasteless? Maybe. But does one moment of rhetorical excess-- doubtless born of acute frustration-- render him unfit for his work? Somehow, someone has led a few other members of the Keating commission to that remarkable conclusion. Keating's real offense, one suspects, is that he keeps treating this whole thing like a criminal investigation. Whereas everybody knows that the bishops themselves were not guilty of any wrongdoing. And if he doesn't understand that, he isn't qualified to investigate.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 15, 2003 10:06 AM ET USA

    And what do you say NOW, Diogenes, noow that these "men" who are supposed to be leading us to Heaven have apparently "won???"

  • Posted by: - Jun. 14, 2003 12:16 PM ET USA

    Keating gets bad press because he is a conservative who says what needs to be said. As governor of Oklahoma he was often misquoted by the liberal Tulsa World which frequently refused to let him respond. Keating had to go on local talk radio to get his side out. That being said Keating doesn't hedge what he has to say. I'm surprised he was chosen for this. Not too long before he left office (term limited out) he was in a controversy with Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery over the death penalty.

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