Essay: The Staff Ate My Homework

It is always heartening to see an art revived, especially when you have forgotten how much pleasure it affords. The art of buck passing, for instance. It popped to life in New York a couple of weeks ago when Bruce Caputo, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, was caught as having described himself as a Viet Nam-era draftee and Army lieutenant. Mr. Caputo was neither. Yet when confronted with the fact that he had falsified his credentials in Who's Who in American Politics, he rose to the occasion as Michelangelo once rose to the ceiling: "To the extent that I or...

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