Don't know about you, but the claim, often spoken by Bush or Cheney that someone is a "good man", rankles. It's usually to preempt criticism of a political ally (foreign or domestic) because of their alleged outstanding character.
We heard a variant today from Fred Thompson. Story
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Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson gave no opinion Thursday when asked about efforts by President Bush and Congress to keep Terri Schiavo alive, saying he does not remember details of the right-to-die case that stirred national debate.
"I can't pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best," Thompson said. "That's going back in history. I don't remember the details of it."
"Good people were doing what they thought was best" is an all-purpose excuse. Remember that whenever you get cornered in a debate.