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Tony and Tacky
October 29, 2004

Good taste or bad is revealed in everything we are, do, have. Emily Post


The apology A Simple Act of Contrition
A refreshing tony to the CEO of Citigroup, the world's largest bank, who flew to Tokyo to bow in the traditional Japanese apology for his involvement in a scandal. "This is in enormous contrast to what happens in the United States," says Lee. "First they lawyer up. Next they plead the fifth in front of Congress. Finally, we see them in front of the court saying how innocent they are because they're all depending on these lawyers to let them wiggle out of their responsibility and any blame," says Lee. "I think it would be a really good idea if we imported the Japanese system of expressing regret with a deep bow. It would be even better if lawyers joined in."

One-Party U. debate stands
James Taranto gives an "D-" to the young republicans and democrats at the University of North Carolina. In the spirit of bipartisanship, the groups decided to sponsor a pair of debates: one on foreign policy, one on domestic policy pegged to the presidential campaign. On the foreign policy debate, they couldn't find anyone at UNC to represent the republican side, instead opting for a Duke professor. "For the domestic policy debate they couldn't find anyone so they ended up having an economics professor argue both sides and debate himself," says Taranto. "The lesson here is if you don't like living in a divided country, all you have to do is get yourself appointed to the university faculty somewhere and you will be able to experience the joys of living in a one-party state."

A voter casts his ballot Four More Days
A tony to the American electorate for enduring the never-ending story of the 2004 presidential election, a saga which began back in January 2003, says Daniel Henninger. "The American people have had to endure tons of punditry, they have listened to polls, they have answered polls. They've allowed campaign workers to knock on their doors. They have watched zillions of TV commercials in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. After all that, a tony for the American electorate to go into those voting booths and make up their minds to cast one beautiful vote." See photo essay, First Votes.