The last time I heard someone utter, "Don't worry -- no one will ever know," the response was, "What are you smoking, crack?"
The crack comment was not meant literally, but figuratively. It made its point: Don't assume that you can get away with something; people do find out, and you have to think through decisions. The result: The action suggested was not taken -- success.
We all experience those moments. The moment when someone in the room says, "Don't worry, no one will ever know." If we are lucky, we have someone else in the room who snaps us back to reality. Someone who asks, "Are you serious?" Someone who reminds us to stay on the right path.
Others might not have anyone to remind them of reality and might instead go with the flow. This week's controversy over Rielle Hunter's GQ photos, one of Hunter lying on a bed in what appears to be only a white shirt, is an aide memoire of what might happen. According to Hunter, she went with the flow on the photo shoot, but when she saw the photos she "found them repulsive."
Most people understand that when they take their pants off during a photo shoot for a magazine, or it looks like they took their pants off, that the pictures might be published.
Hunter needed someone standing next to her during the photo shoot saying: "Seriously, what are you thinking? Of course the photos will be used. That's why they take them."
With this week's health care vote, that's the voters' job. To snap the House back to reality. "Nobody wants to vote for the Senate bill," Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Monday.
Since no House member wants to vote for the Senate bill, Pelosi is trying to figure out how to get the legislation enacted without having a direct vote on it.
Pelosi is stuck. If she wants to deliver health care legislation to President Obama to sign, she must do so using the existing Senate bill.
This week, the focus has been on how it might be possible to send the legislation to the president without the House voting for it. The House does not agree with the Senate bill, and as Pelosi noted, House members do not want to vote for it.
As some might say: These are facts, not problems. The question the House leadership is wrestling with is how to manipulate the process, recognizing the facts, to produce the results desired.