Wednesday, May 14, 2003

It's a Byrd! It's a Plane! It's an Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing!

This bit yesterday in Best of the Web Today brought me to tears:

Craig Bozman of Rockville, Md., in a letter to the editor of the Washington Post, lists some of the government facilities in West Virginia that are named for the state's (and the nation's) senior senator:

The Robert C. Byrd Highway; the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam; the Robert C. Byrd Institute; the Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center; the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program; the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope; the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing; the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse; the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center; the Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center; the Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center; the Robert C. Byrd Federal Building; the Robert C. Byrd Drive; the Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex; the Robert C. Byrd Library; the Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center; and the Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center.

Last week Byrd accused President Bush of "flamboyant showmanship" after the president gave a speech on the USS Robert C.--whoops, make that the USS Abraham Lincoln.
And then there was this in today's Best of the Web:

Yet another commentator is experiencing psychosomatic symptoms purportedly brought on by President Bush's speech on the USS Lincoln. Here's San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll:

I have not commented on the George Bush aircraft carrier photo-op fiasco until now because, quite candidly, the level of manipulation and cynicism gave me the vapors. I had to lie down on the daybed and have wet cats thrown at me for many hours before I was sentient again.

If only he'd start penning his column while sentient.

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