DOES THE MORRIS THING MATTER?

EITHER IT IS THE OLDEST STORY--SEX, POLITICS AND STUPIDITY--OR A MORE DISTURBING SYMPTOM

The right brain spins the story this way: it is poetic justice. A highly paid political prostitute, Dick Morris, comes to grief in the arms of an expensive hooker in Washington--a perfect moral fit. The case almost accidentally opens a door upon a disturbing side of American politics--not Dick Morris' character (who cares?) so much as the larger drama of American political manipulation in 1996, and a general atmosphere of sleaze that even the canned floral scents of "family values" cannot perfume.

The left brain responds with counterspin: both personal charity and political experience argue for rolling the eyes, shaking the...

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