When we first read that Oakland Tribune sports writer Dave Newhouse was launching a column celebrating the lives of ordinary folks and calling it "Good Neighbors," we thought: Mmmm. Blog fodder. What subject is more susceptible to the worst kind of cloying sentimentality? And his inaugural piece about Congresswoman Barbara Lee didn't disappoint. Behold the following misdemeanors against the English language:
"You have to admire her amazing resolve in the face of abject adversity." (Huh? Abject adversity?)
"But how did her Washington colleagues perceive her in 2001 - as a pariah, a traitor, looking at her with impeachable eyes?" (What are these impeachable eyes? Can you order a pair online?)
The good news is Newhouse is gonna do this three times a week. And they say life has lost its luster ...