Friday, March 17, 2006


The Blanco's Immaculate Deception

by J.R. Ball

Is there any question Gov. Kathleen Blanco and her husband, Coach, are behind the insanity that is LSU these days?

But not for the reasons you think.

Think again. You're the governor of a state whose residents rate Bud Selig's handling of baseball's steroid controversy higher than your post-Katrina/Rita performance. In response, your top advisers come up with this gem: Change your wardrobe and hairdo. (Actually that's not bad advice for Selig.)

And your self-appointed leaders at the State Capitol, the ones who once quivered at your sting, have opened a giant can of Raid on your agenda in not one, but two special sessions.

In short, you've got more enemies than Nixon and Clinton--combined!

So what do you do?

Create a diversionary tactic.

Call it the tail wagging the crawfish theory.

It's a beautiful thing: Stir up trouble in Tiger Town, toss out a teacher pay raise proposal and--bam!--instant amnesia. "Katrina? Rita? Who are they, the two divorcees from Thursday night at Gino's?"

Seriously, you've got to tip your hat to the governor--or whoever is thinking for her.

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