January 16, 2008

Stupidity in Congress

One thing I love about when baseball players and/or execs are dragged before Congress is that it causes people who don't usually watch Congressional hearings to pay attention, and it makes them realize just how idiotic- and grandstanding- elected officials of both parties are. Here's Tim Marchman on yesterday's proceedings:

This sort of mutual incomprehension occupied much of yesterday's hearings. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat of Minnesota, accused baseball of a "criminal conspiracy that defrauded millions of baseball fans of billions of dollars." Rep. Mark Souder, a Republican of Indiana, demanded to know what baseball was doing about gene doping, a technology that does not exist. Rep. Shays soliloquized in Stengelese, repeatedly referencing the 1919 Chicago Blackhawks (presumably he meant the Black Sox), one Palmieri (presumably he meant Rafael Palmeiro, not the famed pianist) and his 300th hit (presumably he meant his 3,000th).
And now Miguel Tejada might go to jail! That trade's looking better all the time, huh, Ed Wade?

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 16, 2008 05:54 PM
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