PAUL GIGOT: Winners and losers, picks and pans. We call it Tony
and tacky -- our choices for the best and worst of the week.
From Susan Lee this week these pictures of American executives bowing deeply
in apology to the Japanese. Susan? Tony or tacky?
SUSAN LEE: Well, this is a tony to the CEO of the world's largest bank
Citigroup who was involved in a scandal in Japan. What Charles Prince did
is he flew to Tokyo and he did the traditional Japanese apology, you saw that,
Now this is in enormous contrast to what happens in the United States when we
have a CEO who is involved in a scandal. The first thing that person does
is they lawyer up. The second thing that happens is we see them in front
of Congress pleading the fifth. Then 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.
So I think it would be a really good idea if we imported to the U.S. the Japanese
system of expressing regret with a deep bow and I think it would be even better
if lawyers joined in.
PAUL GIGOT: Susan, we just don't have the same sense of shame in this
country that he Japanese do and that's probably a shame itself.
SUSAN LEE: Yeah.
PAUL GIGOT: Thank you. For James Taranto we have create this
little graphic representation of an event at the University of North Carolina
this week. James, what's the story and it is Tony or tacky?
JAMES TARANTO: Paul, this is a tacky from the wonderful world of higher
education. At the University of North Carolina the young republicans and
young democrats in the spirit of bipartisanship got together and decided to
sponsor a pair of debates. One on foreign policy, one on domestic policy
pegged to the presidential campaign.
They had no trouble getting somebody to represent the democratic side, but on
the foreign policy debate they couldn't find anyone at UNC to represent the
republican side. They managed to find a professor at Duke.
For the domestic policy debate they couldn't find anyone so they ended up
having an economics professor argue both sides and debate himself. 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.
PAUL GIGOT: What amazes me is that they found one conservative at
Duke. Thank you James.
And finally Dan Henninger. Dan looks at pictures like this of Americans
starting to vote in this year's election and he's prompted to award a
DAN HENNINGER: Indeed, a tony to the American electorate for enduring
the never ending story of the 2004 presidential election which in fact I believe
began in January of 2003 when they were called way back when when we had all
these democrats running for president. Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton and
Carol Moseley Braun.
Well we got past that and then we got to this part of it and 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
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.
PAUL GIGOT: Dan, thank you for that bit of optimism after this long and
sometimes very mean election I think we can all use it.
That's it for this edition of the Journal Editorial Report. Thank you
from all of us. We hope you'll join us again next time.