Monday, February 23, 2004

The Great Op-Ed By-Line Mix-Up of Aught-Four 

The Times today features two op-eds by guest writers -- The New Yorker's Calvin Trillin and MIT's Noam Chomsky. To my mind, it's a great pairing -- they're the original odd couple.

So I got to thinking... what if Op-Ed editor David Shipley had been busy excising all the bureaucratic jargon from an Open Letter to the President and accidentally printed these columns under the wrong by-lines? Wouldn't that be sort of funny for a minute or two? Think about it!

Hmm. Maybe Safire and Dowd would be better. That kooky former Nixon speechwriter's off on one of his patented pop-culture riffs again! Isn't it charming how he can help explain the political situation through witty allusions to the end of Sex and the City?

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