The Law & Order dynasty of TV shows has a voracious appetite for ripped-from-the-headlines stories about Great White Defendants committing violent crimes. Unfortunately, the supply is not equal to the demand, so L&O constantly rewrites news stories to make them more politically correct.
But now, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, age 62, the head of the International Monetary Fund and frontrunner for the Socialist Party's nomination for President of France in 2012, was arrested in the first class cabin of an Air France jet at JFK. He was on his way to a meeting with German leader Angela Merkel when he was hauled off by NYPD on charges of raping the maid in his $3,000 per night NYC hotel suite.
A few reactions:
- Wow, some guys have a lot of energy. Just reading about Strauss-Kahn's lifestyle is exhausting. (Although, I have to say that this line from the NY Post article -- "Strauss-Kahn... has a special arrangement with Air France that allows him to get on any flight and sit in first class, the sources said" -- does sound like a relaxing set-up. Why go through all the hassle of making reservations and then rushing to the airport when instead you can just show up anytime and your national flagship carrier says, "Yes, Mr. Future President of France" and bumps some poor frequent flier upgrade off the flight for you?)
- You know who else has a lot of energy? Strauss-Kahn's arch-rival, President Sarkozy. I don't mean anything by that. Just sayin' ...
- When L&O rips this story from the headlines, what changes will they make? Well, the maid will be dead, the country will change from France to Germany, the party from left to right, and the name from Dominique Strauss-Kahn to something like Franz Josef Strauss.