Reasons Why Jimmy Carter Was a Better Preident...

FROM "100

September 24, 1993

FROM "100 Reasons Why Jimmy Carter Was a Better Preident Than Bill Clinton" by P.J. O'Rourke in the September American Spectator:

1. Jimmy Carter had a nicer wife.

. . . 6. Carter had governed a more important state.

. . . 12. Carter committed adultery only in his heart.

. . . 14. As for military record, Carter was, comparatively speaking, a regular Audie Murphy.

. . . 18. Jogging actually worked for Carter. Say what you want against the man, he was no double butt.

. . . 47. Joseph Califano was prettier than Donna Shalala.

. . . 97. Carter had enough clout to get Lani Guinier appointed to the Justice Department. . . .

* * * "RIGHT-wingers like to say that government cannot be trusted to deliver mail, much less health services. Yet they trust it to be efficient enough, free enough from corruption, to ascertain guilt infallibly and punish it finally by death. No one should have that power, says this nun. She soldiers on against polls, derision and hate mail (accusing her of sexual attraction to prisoners, among other things). Here is one voice for life. We should really need no other."

-- The conclusion of a Garry Wills review in The New York Review of Books of "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States" by Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

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