Paula, We Hardly Knew Ye

Celebrity crises can have a salutary effect. Just as Ronald Reagan's polyps sent a lot of people for colonoscopies, certain behavior exhibited during periods of scandal should be examined.

POLITICIANS: Don't try this in your district. Randiness as a way to get your poll numbers up is a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. Think Jimmy Carter, not Bill Clinton. Alpha males might want to sit out the year 2000. Only candidates with the sexual discipline of the Pope should declare.

THE SUPREME COURT: Sure, you don't get out much, but really, what were you thinking? Doff those robes, and read the tabloids in the...

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