The past week has seen two political leaders pass from the scene: one a farce and the other a tragedy.

First, the farce. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, facing a storm of opposition from within his own party, reluctantly announced his resignation. Johnson is the kind of politician who exposes the vulnerabilities inherent in democracy. He is a showman, con man, habitual liar and consummate fraud. Boris has one great gift — the gift of gab. He can entertain, beguile and seduce. Becoming prime minister (“the best job in the world”) was an end in itself — a chance to preen in the spotlight. Actually accomplishing something was entirely secondary. As far as personal behavior is concerned, the rules that apply to everyone else don’t apply to him. [Does all this remind you of anyone?]

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