Saturday, January 29, 2005

Lambert Meets Dayton

Hat tip to Dayton v Kennedy for this unintentionally hillarious piece of news, reported in the Star Trib this morning: Brian Lambert to be Dayton media adviser.

Why is this hillarious? Let me count the ways...

The first is how often Lambert, while writing his "entertainment" column regularly ripped Republicans but could never admit he had a partisan bias. So I suppose Senator Dayton just pays more than Senator Coleman or something.

Next is this terrific line from the article:

"Politics will be a new gig for Lambert, a journalist with more than 25 years experience in the Twin Cities, 15 of them writing for the Pioneer Press, where his popular column was a must-read for the Twin Cities media. The paper terminated the beat last summer."

Lambert must be the only "must read" columnist to have his column terminated for apparently no reason. And, I might note, without explanation offered. Kinda funny considering all those readers who "must read" a column one day, didn't raise a peep when it was pulled the next.

Then comes the clincher reason I find this the most hillarious... Lambert wasn't exactly a hot property. He was fired ... I'm sorry... "his beat was terminated" in his previous job as an "entertainment critic." And now he'll be responsible for shaping the message of one of the least charismatic politicians in Minnesota. Granted, you can probably count a great deal of his experience as an "entertainment critic" as political experience, since he had a rather pronounced problem confining himself to talking about entertainment when he felt a Republican needed addressing. Still, one cannot conclude that speaks all that well for Lambert's skill in political rhetoric, since his thinly masked partisan diatribes coincided with a period of rapid Republican growth in Minnesota.

But let's set that all aside to welcome Mr. Lambert to the service of Senator Doofus Dayton. We appreciate the way he has offered himself up as a valid political target, as criticism about his journalism had already been done to death.

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