Sometimes it behooves us to have sympathy for folks who are in many respects our adversaries. In that light, I wish a speedy and full recovery to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., whose office announced today that he will miss more time than previously thought, due to both physical and emotional ailments. Rep. Jackson hardly is a stellar example of statesmanship, but he’s human and deserves our good wishes. I also know of at least one instance that speaks very well of his personal decency, or at least his occasional bouts of the same. (I wasn’t there, but I was told about it; as a private occurrence, alas, I will leave it undescribed right now. Suffice it to say that this was an occasion in which his instincts were both kind and appropriate.)
Get well soon.