Friday, October 14, 2005

Punishment Condign 

The second biggest Laff of the Day comes from our esteemed colleague August J. Pollak, who was struck by a recent NBC-Wall St. Journal poll showing that President Bush, following upon his masterly response to Hurricane Katrina, now enjoys a most impressive job-approval rating of 2% among African-American voters:
Here's what's really interesting -- the poll noted by NBC has a 3.4 percent margin of error. That means from a statistical level, it's a theoretical possibility that with the possible exception of Condoleeza Rice and Michael Steele, not a single black person in the United States of America approves of George W. Bush.
Hard to top, and on most days of the week a surefire winner! -- but we think you will not begrudge us if we award the biscuit for the biggest Laff of the Day, bar none, to Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, who probably has not read Mr. Pollak's observation and would thus be at a loss to understand why the seemingly innocuous snippet below has plunged Yr. Mst. Bnvlnt. Dspt. and all his subjects into spasms of uncontrollable hilarity:
After four hours, the reporters on stakeout duty speculated about events inside the grand jury: Did Rove's unusually long testimony mean he was having trouble reconciling his past accounts? Or had he slipped out through a back door and was at that very moment lunching in the White House Mess?

As worries spread that the latter had occurred, Fitzgerald's grand jury finally emerged. The men and women who would judge Rove, 11 of them black and four white, were mostly older, and casually dressed in jeans, sneakers or sweaters. They were followed by Fitzgerald and his legal team, lugging huge briefcases.
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