Notes on Political Venality, Pomposity and Associated Stupidity.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

You Don't Need A Weatherman...

Mentioning Bob Dylan and Rick Santorum in the same sentence is a stretch, but you've gotta thank the junior Senator from the great state of Pennsylvania for making it happen.

Dylan's 1967 song, "Subterranean Homesick Blues" included the line, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." It was both a fine metaphor, as well as a reference to the 60's radical group, The Weather Underground.

So where's the connection? Are Dylan and Santorum finally going to tour together? Is Ricky going to give it all up, grab a guitar and head to Newport, Dinkytown or The Village? No.

What Rick wants to do is limit the amount of weather information which the National Weather Service releases to the public. Think about that for a moment. Okay, times up. If your first thought was, "Hey, that's crazy!" you win the cupie doll.

There is clearly only one reason Santorum is hot to help out the private weather forecasting services; can you guess it? Could it possibly have to do with money? Right again. You get the big stuffed porker on the top row! While few people outside of Pennsylvania know this, all those "AccuWeather Forecasts" you hear across the nation eminate from AccuWeather's HQ in central PA. And, it turns out (by some crazy happenstance) that they are bigtime Santorum financial supporters.

See. You really don't need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows!

Just stand downwind and take in the stench coming from DC.