Is there a classier lady anywhere than Shannon Slutman, widow of FDNY firefighter Christopher Slutman — killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while serving as a US Marine Corps reservist?
No, there is not.
Meanwhile, is there a bigger dope than Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, the pandering jerk from Greenwich Village who was hard-pressed to find a few bucks to help send Gold Star kids to college — while lavishing millions on scholarships for the offspring of New York’s legion of illegal, um, arrivers?
Pandering jerks travel in herds in Albany, so the competition for primacy is intense. At the moment, border-jumpers are favored over border-protectors in legislative councils, so the Slutman family’s three young daughters are at a distinct disadvantage.
Politicians are born to pander, of course; that’s what they do best. But one can learn a lot from what they find pander-worthy; lately lawbreakers are a favored class — and not just in Albany.
Bob McManus is a contributing editor of City Journal. He retired as editorial page editor of the New York Post in 2013 and has since worked as a freelance editor, columnist, and writer.