Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Raffy and Brownie: Pointing Your Way to Infamy
When Mrs. T sawMike Brown waving that finger at Rep. Tom Davis and his Hopping Mad Sound Bite Subcommittee yesterday, she had a flashback to Baltimore Orioles slugger Raphael Palmeiro's "I never ever used steroids" finger-pointing moment in front of yet another Tom Davis subcommittee, the 44 Million Americans Don't Have Health Care but My Son Really Wants a McGwire Autograph Subcommittee, back in March (a few weeks later he tested positive for roids). I realized that these two guys, Brownie and Palmeiro, actually have more in common than pointing their fingers at congressmyn.
For instance, Brownie almost certainly lied during his testimony yesterday, and Palmeiro is presently being investigated for lying to congress. Brownie got early, strong praise from Bush (hell of a job, Brownie), and so did Palmeiro (he's a friend . . . I believe him). And that ain't it. Just as Brownie tried to blame the failed federal response to Katrina on everyone but himself, Palmeiro tried to blame his roid usage on teammate Miguel Tejada, who had given him a vitamin B-12 shot (Miggy was subsequently investigated and exonerated).
I could go on, but I need to go blame our secretary for the lousy job I did on a recent assignment. I have but one question. We know one of these two guys will get the medal of honor. Which one would you give it to?