Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dave Newhouse Wants You to Cringe

By Chris Thompson
Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 3:27 PM

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:

    On Lee's 2001 vote against the invasion of Afghanistan: "Facing such tsunami-like opposition, she held strong. But where did she find the backbone to pilot her lonely raft through such stormy seas?"

    "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 ...

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