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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