Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Pot Speaking of the Kettle

Last week, The Tennessean columnist Larry Daughtrey mailed in a column in which he accused prospective Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson of laziness. This week, his rant refers repeatedly to "clueless Republicans."

The Oracle will freely acknowledge the superior expertise of Mr. Daughtrey in the areas of laziness and cluelessness. We are told that Mr. Daughtrey's years spent covering Tennessee politics have enabled him to develop numerous insider contacts, but he rarely writes anything that requires, or even reflects, their contributions. If he has the ability to understand the real public policy questions behind legislative debates, his writing doesn't show it.

Today's column on pork spending concerns in this year's legislative session contains this golden nugget:

Spoilsports will claim that the money really is an incumbent re-election fund. That's OK with me.

I will leave it to others to decide if that statement reflects cluelessness or laziness -- or both.

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