My grandfather, who died earlier this week at age 90, had a habit of saying, "there’s no such thing as an honest politician." (It didn’t stop him from voting.) The Congressional steroid subpoena fiasco certainly wouldn’t have changed his mind. Here we have representatives from both sides of the aisle happily bloviating on baseball’s steroid problem, while taking actions—subpoening players and officials and possibly test results—sure to make future progress more difficult. That Republicans, who theoretically want government out of our lives, and Democrats, guardians of civil liberty, find it acceptable to even consider acquiring MLB steroid testing results (that is, private medical records from citizens both presumed and overwhelmingly innocent) demonstrates a truly staggering degree of hypocrisy.
When it comes to steroids, it’s almost impossible to make the MLB and the PA look good. Congress, at least, has managed that. Unfortunately, it’s not much of an accomplishment.