Two sentences capture the scope and shame of the Monday conviction of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The first was penned by Times-Tribune Staff Writer Terrie Morgan-Besecker, who produced excellent gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial:

The state’s top law enforcement officer is now a convicted felon.

It doesn’t get any colder and clearer than that. Kudos to Terrie for once again cutting to the heart of a corruption story.

The second sentence arrived in my email inbox moments ago, headlined: PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY STATEMENT ON ATTORNEY GENERAL KANE. Remember that Ms. Kane was once her party’s brightest rising star and was destined to play a major role in Hillary Clinton‘s campaign for the presidency. Now, she is political poison best treated with as little attention as possible.

In the press release, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Marcel L. Groen used just 18 words to address Ms. Kane’s conviction: 

“This is a sad day for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a sad day for the Kane family.”

Brevity is the soul of wit, but also the linchpin of polished political speech. Kathleen Kane is officially dead to Democrats, who deemed 18 words enough to bury her electoral corpse.

The next sentence addressing Ms. Kane will be authored by a judge. Expect it to be far more detailed.