I’m sure glad that all of the Big News happened this weekend. As ever, education calls and I have to answer. However, for a great editorial—rather uncharacteristic of the New York Times--go here (registration required). Were it a blog entry, it might go well in the ailing Venomous Kate’s regular feature, Hunting of the Snark (get well soon, girl). For those who would rather cut off a cherished appendage than register for the NYT, here’s an excerpt:
The administration's fundamental problem is that it is not very good at dealing with people it can't stand. The men and women in this White House are exceptionally forthright. When they come across someone they regard as insufferable, their instinct is to be blunt. They seek to be honest rather than insincere, to not sugar things up but to let these people know how they really feel.
Sometimes you've got to be slippery to accomplish real good. The Bush administration is thus facing an insincerity crisis. It has become addicted to candor and forthrightness. It needs an immediate back-stabbing infusion.
Perhaps Al Gore could be brought in to offer advice.
(Thanks to whomever I got it from yesterday. What a blur of blogs!)