Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Hunt For Next November

There's a moment near the end of The Hunt For Red October with Joss Acklund and Richard Jordan as two diplomats dancing around a military problem.

Ambassador Andrei
: There is another matter... one I'm reluctant to...

Dr. Jeffrey Pelt: Please.

Ambassador Andrei Lysenko: One of our submarines, an Alfa, was last reported in the area of the Grand Banks. We have not heard from her for some time.

Dr. Jeffrey Pelt: Andrei, you've lost another submarine?

Lysenko gives up, knowing he's lost the question before it was asked. Because of his reluctance to ask for what he wanted in the first place, he's now restrained from getting what he really was seeking.

Last April we saw a whole lot of crowing that the "Frankenstein Veto" was dead once and for all time. No more would Wisconsin's governor be able to splice together words and letters from across two or more sentences to create laws from the whole cloth.

That lasted a month.

Governor Doyle used the remains of his line item veto to create the spending bill that the legislature didn't have the stomach or the huevos to pass. With a pass of his pen he was able to give his allies the spending which they desired and to make the cuts that they were unable or unwilling to make.

The State Journal cried, "Frankenstein," even though, admitting that they knew that the bill as written sucked eggs, they applauded his results. Legislative leaders stand with hands in pockets and slack jaws dangling wondering how Doyle gave them all the old Packer Sweep.

Say what you will, Doyle pulled the tablecloth out from under this one and, even though you may not know how he did it, you have to be impressed by the trick.

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