The White House announced today that President Obama and the First Lady will be traveling to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela. That's as it should be. While the media's rush to canonize Mandela is a bit overwrought (his ultimate legacy was unquestionably positive, but that shouldn't be allowed to obscure his many faults, which are presented in an admirably balanced fashion in National Review's editorial on his life), his was still a deeply significant life, worthy of presidential recognition.
Given that sentiment, you may be wondering what the "classless act" I'm referring to in the title is. It's not paying homage to Mandela; it's the contrast with the events of eight months ago, when this happened:
This article was originally published by Forbes on May 28, 2013.
Three years ago this month, in the wake of financial bailouts and anti-Wall Street hysteria in Washington D.C., Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a destructive amendment that bears his name to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. With little discussion and no debate on the floor to examine its likely consequences and externalities, the Durbin Amendment passed 64-33, with 17 Republicans voting in its favor.
How disastrous has the Durbin Amendment proven? Well, even Barney Frank, the famously…
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—Alex Roarty, National Journal Politics Correspondent
— Alex Roarty, National Journal Politics Correspondent