How often do you read something in the newspaper or online and say to yourself, “Huh???”
Which, roughly translated, means, “What the heck were they thinking?” (WTHWTT)
I have that reaction to about 90% of what I’m reading these days. Are you having the same reaction? Let’s share! Here’s a new contest: periodically, probably on a highly irregular basis, I will announce the “HUH???” contest. I will post three items from the news, and ask readers of this blog to weigh in on which news item wins top “HUH???” honors. I will post the best (printable) comments. Perhaps I will even alert the subjects of the “HUH???” awards that they have taken the top prizes.
So, (drum roll, please)…. the nominees for the First Official “HUH???” award are:
HUH???? Hey, Governor McDonnell, the South LOST that war! The Confederacy was over in 1865! That’s the 19th Century. We’re in the 21st Century. What next? Jim Crow History Month? The good news is that Virginia’s startling idea may well put an end to the “history month” concept entirely.
HUH??? Michael Steele, phone home, quickly! You are lost, my friend! Heads have rolled, of course, at the RNC — last made famous on this blog for their sophomoric “firenancypelosi” message on the GOP website. Puhleeze, guys, now you’re hanging out in strip joints? Whatever happened to “family values?”
HUH??? Even those of us who might agree that some of the criticism of the Pope and the Catholic Church goes too far, Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s comments on Good Friday were, well, just bizarre. Now, to his credit, he has repented and said that he truly did not intend to offend Jews or the victims of child abuse at the hands of priests. But, still, What the Heck Was He Thinking???
Ok, so those are my top three contenders this week. I’m not even offering up the Redskins acquiring Donovan McNabb, anything related to Tiger Woods (the Washington Post has an entire photo gallery on “Tiger Woods Practices for the Masters,” WTHWTT?), or 300,000 people buying iPads on the first day they went on sale even though the device is largely untested.
Click on “comments” below to record your favorite — or offer your own entry! This is a very egalitarian contest. We all just want to know, “What the heck were they thinking??”
See: Washington Post Editorial “Governor McDonnell’s Airbrushing of Virginia History”
See: Joel Achenbach, “Confederates in the Statehouse”