Some long time ago, I lived in a college town. The town had a population of around 100,000 people, and about 35,000 of those people were students and faculty. The town also had a handful of whore houses. They called the whore houses, “massage parlors”, and in theory the houses were places where people went to get massages. In reality though, they sold sex. Sooner or later, the inevitable happened: Someone decided to make a political career out of opposing the town’s massage parlors.
The politician who opposed the parlors got elected District Attorney. He then went to work, and he quickly succeeded in closing down all the town’s handful of massage parlors. After that, he was District Attorney for another 10 years.
The odd thing was, that during his entire career as District Attorney, he never won a murder case. Not even a single murder case. Consequently, the town was a lousy place to be a whore, but not the worse place on earth to be a murderer.
I was thinking about all of that this morning, and I got to wondering why the voters never threw him out of office in order to elect someone who might have won them a murder case now and then. But I wouldn’t even know who to ask that question of in order to get an accurate answer.