"Waltzing Matilda" is the unofficial national anthem of Australia.
It is about a sheep rustler who, when caught, chooses suicide over going to prison.
"Waltzing Matilda" is Australian slang for being sent to jail.
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested yesterday by the FBI and charged with federal corruption.
When Silver went waltzing Matilda, he whined that he hoped he would be vindicated.
When most people are arrested, they scream that they are innocent. Silver didn't do that.
The response from the political parties was immediate. And true to form.
Silver has been the bête noir of the Republicans for decades. They called for his immediate resignation. They also hinted at bi-partisan support for Joe Morelle to become Speaker.
Joe Morelle, majority leader in the state assembly, claimed that he spoke for most Democrats and pledged his support for Silver.
He probably meant it, for now.
Morelle will probably wait until the air clears a bit before grabbing for it.
What David Gantt and his associates would do about that eventuality is anyone's guess. While Gantt might hate Morelle and his gang, he doesn't have that much influence locally beyond the ghetto.
But then, we are talking about Albany.
Corruption in government is as old as the hills and is as American as apple pie.
And most politicians become corrupt eventually by exposure to the dirty business that is politics.
They come to believe their own press that they can do no wrong, and then do as they please.
This includes on cheating on taxes or spouses, taking kickbacks and working under the table to promote the welfare of their friends, relatives and political supporters who contributed heavily to their campaigns.
This includes both the two major political parties and the myriad of lesser ones that think they are purer than everyone else.
They aren't. Corruption in politics is the norm.
Sheldon Silver going waltzing Matilda won't have much of an impact on 99.99% of the rest of us.
It only made for interesting reading.
Unfortunately, at least one of local politicians didn't read enough about it to keep his mouth shut.
Cheryl Dinolfo made her official announcement that she would be running for County Executive yesterday.
MCDC chairman Dave Garretson stated that Dinolfo typified the corruption of the Republican party and what was wrong with Monroe County.
What about the Democrats and Sheldon Silver, Dave?