Trials come and go in the political world. Some make careers and others do the opposite. We are often led to believe that these news driven trials make or break us as a nation.
What media driven zeitgeist have we been handed lately?
In a word play on Senator John Edward’s book, I present to you three trials.
The first trial involves Senator Edwards and his mistress. We all know this unhappy story broke Friday. As we learn the details about the people involved, the timeline, the fact that John Edwards chose to run for President despite knowing the risks to the Democratic Party (and hence the people’s chance to reclaim the White House), we must deal with our feelings on the matter. Is it really any of our business? Should we be angry with Edwards? Should we “forgive and forget?” Can he possibly have a career? What does this mean for us?
The main question I ask is “How much attention will this story get?”
For fairness sake, let’s bring up the second trial of Larry Craig. We are all familiar with the fact that Mr. Craig pursued a career based partially on an anti-gay agenda. He certainly made a public display of aligning himself with the so-called religious wing of the GOP. He was caught soliciting sex from a man in public restroom. Why has the Republican Party not held this man accountable? How does a sincere activist Christian react to this? What does this mean for us?
The main question I ask is “How much attention did this story get?”
The third trial is a political test for all of the American people. Last week, buried deeply in the news sections of papers and web sites across the country, a story appeared about an oil deal. As the war winds down in Iraq, American troops (after a sacrifice of 4000 soldiers and what will likely be a trillion dollars in US taxpayer dollars) are more in control of the country than ever before. Now that Iraq is stabilizing with a de facto government in place, it is ready to strike it’s first major oil deal. It’s new partner, China, will receive great rewards. The oil will begin flowing soon enough, as Americans adjust to our new fuel prices as the norm. What does this mean for us?
The final question is “Which of these stories will receive the most attention?”
I’d bet it won’t be the one about the Chinese-Iraqi oil alliance.