McFarlane raises the "blame the victim" strategy of courtroom defense to a new level of audacity. He argues that we--the electorate--are partly responsible for the Iran-Contra scam because it's the electorate who have put the incompetents in positions of leadership. Having examined his conscience, he finds there the conviction that his admitted culpability is surely not "all there is to it"--and he abjures us to consider our own sin. "Why," he begs us reflect, "did the electorate give us these men and not better ones?"
Like everyone who's been in Washington in an official capacity for more than a week, McFarlane has forgotten that the electorate has very little choice in the matter. Presented in November with the names of two candidates--either or both of whom may be an incompetent, a nonentity, a psychopath or all of the above--we do the best that we can, but we can't exercise a choice that we're not given. Flattering as it may be to the egos of the boys and girls who get to play in the national sandbox to believe that they have been called to greatness by the imploring voice of the people, the fact is that most of us just invest our interest in the less unattractive of the sow's ears we're offered.