Saturday, April 16, 2005

Virginia is For Lovers (and Pennsylvania Senators Named Dick)

I just thought the choice of words and juxtaposition of ideas in this article from the Trib was interesting:

Former U.S. Rep. Doug Walgren lost the Democrats' endorsement for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge this spring, but he's already won something more important: top slot on the primary ballot...

The fact that he only recently moved back to Allegheny County after living in Northern Virginia hardly seems to matter. Walgren lost his seat in 1990 to Rick Santorum, who painted him as a carpetbagger. Santorum now is a U.S. senator.
Two points:
(1) The second paragraph is superfluous to the rest of the article, which is really about the role that name recognition plays in PA's election of judges, but more importantly...
(2) Do the Editors at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review know what irony is?

Why not go further? A better conclusion to the second paragraph could have been:
"Santorum is a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, and now lives in Northern Virginia."
"Santorum now is a U.S. Senator, and is now screwing the taxpayers of Penn Hills."
"That Dick is now a U.S. Senator."

My soul is weary; I have to go lay in the bath for awhile, lest I have an aneurism.*


*If it wasn't for the horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college.

1 comment:

CmdrSue said...

Excellent Lewis Black aside. Have you gone to his website and listened to the clips? Very fun.

I'm not sure of the veracity of this story, but I remember being told once that the slogan "Virginia is for Lovers" actually started as a bit of a slur. Because Senators would keep their mistresses close by in Virginia. True? I'm not sure. But it could be...