By Alan W. Cohen
If there is one thing we learn everyday from the events that followed last year’s election is that integrity and D.C. politics don’t mix. They don’t even know each other.
Enter Rod Rosenstein. In the aftermath of the false uproar over the firing of the ultimate D.C. insider and self-promoter, the new Deputy Attorney General could teach a lesson to members of the both political parties and especially to members of the elite media. I can see it now. Mr. Rosenstein giving lectures on the subject of integrity, with politicians eagerly awaiting his next syllable of wisdom, while the media on C-SPAN recording it all for posterity, and endless replays for the public to view.
Rosenstein, who in the midst of the most acrimonious political atmosphere in recent memory, enjoyed wide bi-partisan support, having worked in the federal government under both Democrats and Republican administrations, winning confirmation with just a few dissenters in my former party who would refuse to acknowledge the sky was blue if that utterance came from our President. Heck, they might find some conspiracy, and claim discrimination against other colors. Prejudice! Sorry, my creative mind cannot reach into those dark circles where traitors dwell, traitors not to Donald Trump, but to the Constitution. But I digress.
Listen to want Rod Rosenstein told people who were concerned about his reputation:
“I took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. There is nothing in that oath about reputation. If you ask me, one of the main problems in Washington, D.C., is every is so busy running around trying to protect their reputation instead of protecting the republic, which is what the’re supposed to be doing.”
Wow. But it gets even better. Suddenly cast in the spotlight because of his scathing memorandum about the former FBI director, James Comey, friends urged him to get out from under the media firestorm. His response: “[T]here is no place that I would rather be.” As to the bullying media, Rosenstein said:
“[D]aily newspapers and endless talk shows are not the verdict of history.”
Somebody get this guy on the Supreme Court. I would say run him for President, but I’m afraid he has the one thing that disqualifies him from public office: Integrity.
Alan W. Cohen is a retired attorney, blogger and author. His most recent book, Private Vows: The Case for Ending State Regulation of Marriage and Divorce, is available on Amazon.