It’s crazy how far people will go to protect the status quo

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

I see a comment on this page that starts with “It’s crazy how far people will go to protect the status quo.” I agree with the sentiment. It is true when we talk about personal relationships, or personal friends, or defending professional colleagues. It’s also true in politics. And sometimes those overlap:

As has been widely reported this week, Marcia Fudge, currently the Democratic representative of Ohio’s 11th district, was one of the letter writers. “Lance Mason is a good man who made a very bad mistake,” Fudge wrote. “I can only hope you can see in Lance what I and others see.”

…It seemed no one could believe Mason, then a well-respected judge, could have made the mistake of striking his wife 20 times and breaking a bone in her skull before abandoning her on the side of the road. In a statement released after sentencing, former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, who had previously served on the bench with Mason, said of his former colleague: “He was a good judge and a friend, but he owes society this time.”

…Nearly five years after the assault, Mason was arrested in connection to Fraser’s murder, after allegedly stabbing her as she dropped their daughters off at his sister’s Shaker Heights home. Mason’s sister had been helping facilitate their joint custody arrangement, the New York Times reported, because Fraser had a restraining order out against him.

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