An Opinion Line contributor recently wondered who in his right mind would want to put up with the hassle of getting elected but a crook. But my thinking is that you have to be a bit egotistical rather than crooked to want to go through the hassle of a national political campaign. And judging from how many times the senators questioning Justice Samuel Alito used the word “I,” I might be on to something. According to a computer analysis of the hearings from The Washington Post, Republicans used the “I” word 1,180 times. Democrats used it 1,123 times. Combined, they used it far more than the nominee, who said “I” 1,907 times.
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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