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Norm Dicks king of hyperbole? Nah

Post by Kim Bradford on April 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
April 22, 2008 2:09 pm

Our newspaper counterparts in Mobile, Ala., have gotten a taste of U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’ aggressive style. In an editorial Tuesday, the Press-Register said Dicks’ comments about the decision to award the Air Force tanker contract to Northrop Grumman-EADS were over the top.


Alabama, it must be remembered, is in line for 1,500 aerospace jobs should the Northrop-Grumman-EADS contract survive challenges from Boeing and Congress.


There’s a new leader in the Boeing political hyperbole contest over the selection of Northrop Grumman-EADS and Mobile for the $40 billion Air Force refueling tanker.


U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., has topped all his outraged fellow Congress members in the states of Washington and Kansas, not to mention CNN’s Lou Dobbs….


What did Rep. Dicks say? “Congress has a responsibility to correct one of the worst decisions in modern history.”


He didn’t say just one of the worst decisions made by Congress, although that alone would have covered a lot of territory. No, he said all of modern history. Presumably that covers wars, pestilence, dictators, assassinations, environmental disasters, economic errors, political gaffes and the University of Alabama’s hiring of Mike Price as football coach.


Just in case you didn’t get that last dig, Price is the WSU football coach who won a dream job coaching Alabama, only to lose it within weeks after he was caught having fun with a stripper in Florida.


But our Alabama friends probably didn’t know that Dicks, in fact, is a former UW linebacker who truly bleeds purple and gold. They should have tried a zinger instead about the Husky gridders’ string of losing seasons.

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