The imperial Janklow has expressed remorse for the death of citizen Randolph Scott. Remorse, but not shame. Janklow's son told The New York Times on Sunday that his father "plans to go back to Washington and resume his Congressional duties. . . . He has no intention of resigning." Janklow, considered a potential candidate against Democrat minority leader Sen. Tom Daschle, is clinging pathetically to his political ambitions. Meanwhile, Republican strategists are worried about losing South Dakota's only congressional seat to a Democrat.
Politics be damned. Janklow is a repugnant lawbreaker addicted to speed and power. His callous disregard for the rules cost an innocent man his life. The Republican Party should turn its back on Janklow and bear the electoral consequences.
Last year's Trent Lott episode showed that the GOP can hold its leaders to higher standards. Party officials once again have an opportunity to show that personal accountability is more than a catch phrase. The Democrats have their Chappaquiddick. Republicans don't need one, too.