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Metzl had been raising legitimate questions about ethics. And the fact that Cleaver hadn't paid for workers' comp made him sound awfully hypocritical on the night of the debate, when he talked about the importance of access to good health care.
Listening to the Rev that night, though, it was easy to feel inspired. His sweet sermonizing was meant to lead his people to a higher ground. He said he wasn't going to Washington to fight with anyone, that he would return civility to government.
But the days of civility in Washington seem to be over; the nation's capital is a vicious battleground for the country's soul. And saving it might take more than a preacher with a Reagan-like ability to make people feel good about themselves regardless of reality. It might require an aggressive, ambitious and freakishly educated youngster who isn't afraid of a fight.