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What if Politics Had a Commissioner Like the NFL?

Recorded on May 3, 2012

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.