Monday, May 12, 2003
The Most Sensible Word on Bill Bennett

I know, I know: not timely. Still, Margaret Carlson, who did a Diary feature at Slate last week, seems to have hit on what just about every other pundit/commentator/loudmouth I've read missed. Regarding moralizing Book of Virtues editor Bill Bennett (and it surely is wrong to describe him as much more than an editor of much of anything. See Virginia Postrel's comments, last paragraph) and his gambling, Carlson sensibly comments:
I would rather he continue gambling and give up hectoring the rest of us for our weaknesses.
Really. Wouldn't that be better than what happened: Bennett bullied into being consistent with his never-ending holier-than-thou appearances on Larry King Live rather than just shutting up.