So, if I follow Krauthammer’s thinking here, a politician must be unaware of an associate’s criminal connections if he continues to promote that associate for higher and higher posts on the assumption that the politician “is not an idiot.”  That assumption might need some examination. 

In short, trying to promote someone tied to the mafia is automatically self-exonerating so long as you claim that you didn’t know about the mafia ties (in spite of evidence that you did know).  If only we had known the rules were so simple.

Not even Kondracke is willing to swallow that tripe.

Via Sullivan