托福词汇复习6A lasting Legacy?
Senator Timothy Rogerson was obsessed with the keen desire of leaving behind a lasting legacy in the United States legislature. He was the sponsor of more legislation than any other senator in the entire history of the United States of America. Exerting almost limitless effort to ensure the Senate would legislate on this or that pet project of his, his zeal was legendary. No wonder, people used to joke about him, like:” Old Tim wants to become a legend in his own lifetime.” Indeed, Senator Rogerson knew little about leisure, his only leisure activity being to grow tiny crops of various types of legumes on the ledge of his office window (a weird pastime, if ever there was one). Thus it went for more than a quarter of a century. Then one day a bombshell dropped. In his zeal to lengthen his tenure as a senator, Old Tim had used any means, fair or foul. He had, for example, at one time written lengthy testimony against his strongest potential opponent, accusing him of having an amorous liaison with a pretty young intern. Regrettably, for Senator Richardson, many of these statements turned out to be nothing but libel. Sure enough, the time came when enough was enough, and a sufficient number of his political enemies in his own party were shaken out of their lethargy and began to speak out. “He’s been fooling the electorate for a long time now, and he’s nothing but a liability for our party. Let’s start impeachment proceedings, because the leopard won’t change his spots!” This was too much for Old Tim. He grew lethargic. His speech became slurred. His handwriting was no longer legible. In the end, all that criticism proved lethal, and he took an overdose.