Everyone older than, say, 30 remembers “Baghdad Bob,” the comical and incompetent liar that served as Saddam Hussein’s mouthpiece during the Desert Storm war. Baghdad Bob was caught on video declaring to the news cameras that there were no American troops in Baghdad, while American tanks could be seen moving across the screen directly behind “Baghdad.”
Now Gov. Bill Haslam appears to have his very own Baghdad Bob: spokesman David Smith.
When a group of 15 legislators from Haslam’s own party penned a letter to the governor yesterday demanding the resignation of his commissioner of education, Kevin “IVFO” Huffman, David Smith (or should we now call him “Doofus Dave”?) donned his best sneering, condescending attitude:
Haslam spokesman Dave Smith accused the group of playing politics.
“Education is one of the most serious issues for the future of our state, and the governor believes there is a more productive way to discuss something so significant than through a letter by a small group of legislators more interested in trying to get headlines than substance,” he said. “Our office reached out to several of these members earlier in the week to discuss their concerns, and it is disappointing they chose a political stunt instead of constructive dialogue.”
Yeah, just one problem with your statement, Doofus. “Reaching out” and “constructive dialogue” for this governor and his staff has consisted of pleading not to say anything so as “not to embarrass the governor” or failing that, threatening legislators who dare speak out with primary opposition. So much for “dialogue.”
As for “political stunts,” we will concede Bill Haslam knows something about that subject. Of course, preening in front of the cameras while promising to give teachers a pay raise, only to take it back a few months later would probably not be a “political stunt” as you define it. Neither would conveniently delaying TCAP scores until 400 education writers were safely out of town. Nope — no stunting going on here, eh? Please, get serious, Dave. You can start with losing the bow tie. It only works on Bo Watson.