Aaron Schock, the Republican representative from Peoria, has taken his leave from Congress with admitted “sadness and humility.” The depth of his humility was revealed by comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln, who once held the same seat as a freshman representative from Illinois.
Somehow the connection with Honest Abe, the impoverished, hard-working log-splitter and store clerk who rose to local fame by his sincerity and honesty and went on to become President, seems not a little misplaced. Sad, yes. Humble? Not exactly. Humiliated? Definitely. But it is doubtful whether the flashy politician with the lavish lifestyle will be remembered as “Honest Aaron.”