I’ve been trying to formulate what I think of the Cunningham disgrace into a post. Michael Williams does says exactly what I wanted to say, only better, so I’ll quote a bit here:
Despite recently admitting that he accepted bribes and resigning from Congress in disgrace, it’s worth remembering that more than 30 years ago Randy Cunningham was an ace fighter pilot who put his life repeatedly on the line for his country.
A man can redeem himself from past disgraceful acts by doing good later in life, but disgraceful acts later in life are rarely excused on account of good done earlier. It’s sad to see a hero fall, even when he’s brought down by his own hubris.
Links and a great quote from Belmont Club at Master of None. Go read.