(from today; sorry, no perma-links) is surprised that the Washington Post would
print a letter praising Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson for running
effective presidencies despite investigations and
even though Johnson is regarded by most historians as an abject failure, and the achievments cited by Nixon's latter-day defenders
all came before Watergate.
Why the surprise? This same paper just printed a column
Art Modell (he of the midnight ride out of
Cleveland) as a model of responsible sports team ownership.
Speaking of which, the commissioner's office still says that they
absolutely did not steer the Red Sox sale away from the high bidder,
toward friends of Bud. The attorney general, charged with seeing that
charities with a stake in the team got fair value, still
doesn't believe it, in part because the story from the team and
the commissioner just
keeps getting murkier.
But this is Boston. We have traditions
to uphold in these matters.