14 September 2005

Must Read

My opinion; George Wills writing has been less than compelling lately but in this piece entitled A Poverty of Thought he really comes out swinging. Read the whole thing.

"...at about the time Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a suitable symbol of congressional narcissism, dramatized the severity of the tragedy by taking a television interviewer on a helicopter flight over her destroyed beach house. "Washington rolled the dice and Louisiana lost," she said in a speech on the Senate floor that moved some senators to tears. You can no more embarrass a senator than you can a sofa, so the tears were not accompanied by blushing about having just passed a transportation bill whose 6,371 pork projects cost $24 billion, about 10 times more than the price of the levee New Orleans needed. Louisiana's congressional delegation larded the bill with $540,580,200 worth of earmarks, one-fifth the price of a capable levee..."

Well stated sir. I especially like the line about not being any more able to embarrass a senator than a sofa. Further proof of this has been offered up in this weeks confirmation hearings for the of Judge Roberts.

I know, I know. George Will actually makes money writing, and I don't; so what do I know? But his political op-eds have seemed soft for a while now, and I can take only so many arcane Baseball columns. But the above op-ed is a must read. Welcome back George. -SpinDaddy