Here's Phil Bredesen once again excelling in the role of Democrat in name only, commenting
on Zach Wamp's recent revelation
about his youthful indiscretions:
"Everybody has probably got some background, but voters are pretty good about analyzing those things and deciding whether they are important. I don't believe there are any people ready for sainthood who run for political office."
Here's what an actual Democrat might have said about Wamp:
"Yes, voters ought not judge a person by their actions decades earlier that have no bearing on fitness for office today. But voters definitely ought to judge an elected official by his hypocrisy on issues of the day. Wamp, who wants voters to overlook his own past drug use, has as a Member of Congress voted against alternatives to incarceration, for more juvenile prosecutions, and against expanding services that help released offenders re-enter society. He gets low ratings for his voting record from groups advocating saner approaches to reforming drug laws and expanding rehabilitation. Wamp, who thinks his own past indiscretions should be exempt from criminal scrutiny, has been a serial enabler of America's prison-industrial complex that locks people up and ruins their life for nonviolent drug offenses, contributing to our distinction of being the country with the highest prison population rate in the world."