Duke of Graft

Well, it’s official. Former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Viet Nam war ace, has resigned his office in disgrace and pleaded guilty to accepting over two million dollars in bribes from defense contractors.

I have a bit of passing interest in this case. I knew very little about Cunningham, but he had been chosen as the namesake of a warship featured prominently in the novels of James Cobb, which I do greatly enjoy. And now it’s going to be hard to pick up those books without the thought of Duke’s disgrace and shame — not to mention his crimes.

I am gravely disappointed in Duke, but I don’t feel that qualified to judge him. Besides, I think Wretchard and Professor Chaos have said it far more eloquently than I ever could.

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