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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Here’s a damaging local Boston story on Senator John Kerry, his $7 million yacht, and his hypocrisy. The senator — who constantly rails against the “rich” (though he himself is rich, thanks to his wife) and speaks about how paying higher taxes evinces a spirit of admirable sacrifice — doesn’t look terribly happy trying to explain his own effort to (legally) evade paying higher taxes (on the order of $500,000). But it strikes me as though voters have a lot more reason to be unhappy with Kerry than Kerry has to be with reporters.

Hypocrisy isn’t an impressive trait in anyone, liberal or conservative.