“We All Know What to Do …”

I recently came across a quotation from former European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: “We all know what to do,” he said, “but we don’t know how to get re-elected once we have done it.”

The question isn’t so much what the evidence shows as what it would show to begin admitting evidence after three or four or 12 or 40 years.

Someone, somehow, has to find a way to change the stakes: either in the history books or (better) at the polls, personal vindication has to appear clearly tied to doing what most might privately admit needs to be done.

Nixon resigned not because he was done, but because an influential group of institutionalist senators took a midnight drive up Pennsylvania Ave. to tell the president the music had stopped.