If we don’t have unanimity on the rape and sodomy of a 13-year old girl, well, we’re never gonna have it, are we? If “but” appears as a fulcrum in a sentence about an occurrence this horrific, it signals a brokenness in the American spirit that even a card carrying, “eyebrow-raised-higher-than-Pelosi’s” skeptic like me could never have imagined.

“But” appears to have become America’s verbal Continental Divide. Rainwater falls down one side, drivel the other. Polanski is a monster and the evil he perpetrated on that child demands punishment. No “buts.”