Poor Michael Silence. Our favorite blogger — indeed, our perennial choice to win the Pulitzer Prize for Community-Serving Blogging — seems to have lost command of his considerable senses. Today he praises — egads! — Heath Shuler.
Michael uses this article …
In surprisingly blunt language, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler complained this week of “a lack of maturity” in the U.S. House.
The North Carolina Democrat accused some of his fellow lawmakers of thinking they’re “Hollywood stars” and said many of them spend more time playing politics than doing what’s best for the country.
“It’s quite embarrassing,” he said. “I mean, I wish all constituents could sit sometimes in the gallery and just see what goes on on the House floor.”
Now this is some talk I can get behind. Shuler ought to team up with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, to bring some sense to both chambers. Isn’t it refreshing when members break ranks. I call that a sanity break.
The problem is, Heath Shuler is the last person who should call others embarrassing.
Consider Shuler’s track record with the word:
- The April 18, 1997 Washington Times: Shuler threw five interceptions in an embarrassing home loss to Arizona.”
- The August 30, 1995 Virginian-Pilot: Shuler’s 11-of-32, five-interception performance against the Arizona Cardinals at RFK Stadium. That was a 19-16 overtime loss in which 46 of Shuler’s 158 passing yards came on a first-quarter toss to Brian Mitchell. Thirty-one other throws gained an embarrassing 102 yards and earned Shuler a three-week seat on the bench, officially with a sprained ankle.
- October 5, 1994 Philadelphia Daily News: “Redskins are 1-4 and are coming off an embarrassing, 34-7 homefield loss to Dallas in which high-priced rookie quarterback Heath Shuler appeared clueless.”
- September 5, 1994 Washington Post: “One of the more embarrassing plays was the first play of Shuler’s second drive in the second quarter. Left guard Ray Brown and left tackle Jim Lachey pulled, but Seahawks defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy knocked Lachey into Shuler before he could start the play.”
Our dear friend Michael Silence may praise Shuler for crossing lines. But to folks familiar with Shuler’s history with the Redskins, it’s more like just another interception.