Monday, December 21, 2009

'Sensenbrenner not a crook -- just a dumb jerk'

I've heard of damning with faint praise, but this Capital Times editorial defending Sensenbrenner's honor takes it to a new level.

"Jim Sensenbrenner's probably not a crook," the headline says, leaving the dooor open a crack.

The "defense" of Sensenbrenner against a claim by the Shepherd-Express concludes:

The congressman has been on the wrong side of science, the law and common sense more times than anyone can count — on issues ranging from global warming to civil liberties to immigration reform.

That may make him a jerk — indeed, his record suggests that, rather than a “jerk of the week,” Sensenbrenner is a more a “jerk of the year” or “jerk of the decade.”

But he is not necessarily a crook who has been bought by the special interests.

It may well be that the congressman simply is not the sharpest tack in the box.