Gentleman’s Agreement

Saturday, September 08, 2001

In a recent dust-up on Capitol Hill, Senator Ernest Hollings said of the aging Strom Thurmond that he was “not mentally keen.” Such blunt assessments of brainpower in Congress are very rare. The Washington press corps, usually game when it comes to reporting on the alcohol, sexual or financial problems of elected officials, seems much more circumspect when it comes to questions of basic competence. Why? Tom Oliphant, the Boston Globe’s long-time Washington columnist talks to Brooke.

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