The Supreme Court decision eliminating the death penalty for killers who committed their crimes when they were under 18 clearly reflects a growing public uneasiness about capital punishment per se. That disenchantment has been growing in leaps and bounds with the development of technology that has cast doubt on the validity of executions in a civilized society.
The national capital tries to be a serious city; it really does, as it grapples with weighty matters of governance. But occasionally that serious expression slips and Washington is revealed to have all the sophistication of a watermelon-eating contest at the county fair.
President Bush broke from his custom of ignoring Osama bin Laden in public on Thursday, offering assurance that the United States remains “on a constant hunt” for the Saudi terrorist and that the administration is still vigilant in warding off potential threats.