So goes the old joke--which just received a particularly hilarious demonstration from New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman.
On the very day during which Gov. Scott Walker was winning the recall election, proving to all the nation that an elected official could indeed behave like a mature and courageous adult, cutting spending and curbing the power of unions while still retaining the support of his constituents--on this very day, Thomas L. Friedman chose to begin his column thus:
One of the most troubling features of today’s global economic crisis is the lack of political leadership anywhere. No one has the courage to tell their people the truth.
To which, of course, there is only one possible reply.
A horse laugh.