Emmett Tyrrell

 During his 1988 trials, it was also discovered that he had been guilty of plagiarizing in law school. He bowed out of the 1988 race saying, "There'll be other presidential campaigns, and I'll be there." Who said this originally I have not been able to discover -- possibly it is a line from Shakespeare. The senator went on to say that politics is a tough business and, by gum, he is a tough guy. He is also a liar and plagiarist. He told his audience on "Face the Nation" that one of the issues he will stress as he tests the waters for his campaign is that the president has not been honest with the American people about Iraq. Imagine -- Sen. Biden is going to make President Bush's honesty an issue.

 Actually many in the Democratic Party have been having a problem with honesty. Both Clintons have been caught in lies; and Bill, who signed an affidavit admitting to lying during the Lewinsky affair, is now lying about the affidavit. Jean-Francois Kerry was caught repeatedly lying during his pursuit of the presidency, most spectacularly about his military record. Al Gore's lies, starting with his claims about the Internet, were wonderfully amusing during Campaign 2000. Sen. Edward Kennedy is still lying about Chappaquiddick, and I could go on. One of my favorite Democratic liars is Bill Clinton's comparatively unknown secretary of labor, Robert Reich. In his memoir recalling his service to the country, he made up conversations and appearances before Congress. His lies were fully exposed, but he continues to appear on television and in public forums as a sage. Possibly Reich could be Sen. Biden's running mate.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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