“I had a bad experience trying to convert non-democracy to a democracy for the State Department,” he told me. “And I learned that no good deed goes unpunished.”
Well, that’s one way of looking at it. Then there’s the way that makes sense:
Humanitarian missions like that are just the kind of thing we haters of bipartisanship deplore!
Alas, Davis’s generous crusade to spread democracy throughout the globe takes on a somewhat less heroic hue if you understand a few crucial facts. When Davis says he tried “to convert a non-democracy to a democracy,” he means that when Gbagbo stole an election, Davis announced, “there is substantial documentary evidence that President Laurent Gbagbo is the duly elected president as a result of the Nov. 28 elections”; when Davis says he represented Gbagbo “for the State Department,” he means he did it over the express opposition of the State Department; and when he describes this as a “good deed,” he means he charged a mere $100,000 a month fee for the work.
Just remember that if we sell this blog to the Koch brothers, we’re just trying to convert them to liberalism. Do not punish us should we do this good deed!