Wednesday, July 28, 2004


Character Witness

Pundit Mark Shields said early last evening that in his speech to the Democratic Convention Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy would serve as a "character witness" for presidential candidate John Kerry. This was a singularly unfortunate choice of words.

First, a character witness is usually summoned by the defense to testify on behalf of someone accused of a crime. Second, if I were on trial, I would want my character witnesses themselves to be individuals of sterling character, something which Kennedy manifestly is not.

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