What If Politics Had A Commissioner Like The NFL?

From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.

The NFL suspended the New Orleans Saints’ head coach and one player for a year, and other players for several games—all without pay, for offering rewards for hits that knocked key players out of a game.

If rough, tough pro football won’t tolerate dirty tricks, why not ban them in politics?

Just imagine:

No cheap shots like claiming a whole political party hates women.

No more accusations that your opponent hates dogs—or eats dogs.

No robo-calls saying a candidate fathered a child out of wedlock. (There’s an exception if it’s true, like for John Edwards.)

Our politics needs a commissioner like the NFL has. Politicians and pundits and TV commentators who insult our intelligence get suspended–without pay.

But where can we find someone we can trust with that kind of power? Probably the only way to pick one would be to have a special election.

From The Heritage Foundation, I’m Ernest Istook.

Ernest Istook
Ernest Istook shares insights from 25 years in public office, including 14 years as a U.S. Congressman, plus raising five children. He now writes for The Washington Times, hosts a talk radio show, and his daily commentaries are heard on over 100 radio stations. To receive Ernest's free newsletter, simply subscribe at http://eepurl.com/JPojD. Ernest also delved into issues as a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. As a former news reporter and courtroom attorney, he enjoys gathering and sharing ideas and information in an entertaining way. Follow Ernest on Twitter @Istook and on his website, istook.com.

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