Essay: Pietygate: School for Scandal

If it takes a Hinckley to change the insanity laws and a De Lorean to curtail sting operations, then the case of Geraldine Ferraro may turn out to be a first step back from the piety-in-government excursion Americans have been on since Watergate. One day Ms. Ferraro's vice-presidential candidacy, perhaps her political career, hangs in the balance; the next day, after a tough and gutsy public performance—a Checkers for the '80s—she is back in gear, leaving us all to wonder if we hadn't lost our heads for just a moment.

Had we? Ask yourself...

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