Tuesday, June 15, 2004

public vs. private integrity

Stolen from a a letter to Altercation (Eric gets some of the best letters around)....

Said by an anonymous letter writer during the 1884 presidential campaign:
"I gather that Mr Cleveland has shown high character and great capacity in public office, but that in private life his conduct has been open to question, while, on the other hand, Mr Blaine, in public life has been weak and dishonest, while he seems to have been an admirable husband and father. The conclusion that I draw from these facts is that we should elect Mr Cleveland to the public office which he is so admirably qualified to fill and remand Mr Blaine to the private life which he is so eminently fitted to adorn."