The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at The Wall Street Journal written by the editor, James Taranto.
Better Late Than Never
“East Grand Rapids Police Tell Public to Lock Cars After Larcenies, Auto Thefts”—headline, Oct. 13
Question and Answer
Remember Lincoln Chafee? He’s the Republican politician who was appointed to fill his father’s Rhode Island U.S. Senate seat in 1999, won re-election in 2000, lost in 2006, became an independent, was elected governor in 2010, became a Democrat, didn’t seek re-election, then briefly ran for his new party’s presidential nomination this year.
Luke O’Neil of Esquire does. He tracked Chafee down for an interview:
Looking back on the primary, are there things you wish you did better?
I guess the big mistake—I went back and forth on including the metric system angle. I was just crossing my fingers there would be some intellectual approach to the various proposals I put out in my announcement speech. . . . Unfortunately, my crossed fingers didn’t work, and it just turned into more of a joke about metric, not “let’s look at the bigger picture.”
In a democracy, the people get the liters they deserve.
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