City Paper has a piece about – and the full text of – Marion Barry’s weird open letter to fellow councilman David Catania. It essentially asserts that Catania’s reactions to Barry lining the pockets of his girlfriend is all about a dispute over a past vote and that he’s pursuing some sort of vendetta. Rather than, say, being disgusted, embarrassed, or offended by unethical behavior. Even if it’s 100% on target, complaining about being persecuted works way better when you’re not admittedly guilty.
I wouldn’t find it worth noting except that I thought to myself “If it was anyone else I’d wonder if this kind of behavior was a sign of the onset of Alzheimer’s. But with Barry it doesn’t reflect any kind of changed behavior.”