The Moose marvels at the Administration's spirit of free enterprise in Punditgate.
You really have to admire the bodacious chutzpah. From USA Today,
"Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same."
Apparently, this was part of the small-government conservative Administration's Leave No Pundit Behind Program,
"The campaign, part of an effort to promote No Child Left Behind (NCLB), required commentator Armstrong Williams "to regularly comment on NCLB during the course of his broadcasts," and to interview Education Secretary Rod Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004."
Who knows, the purchasing of pundits may be a government-wide policy for the Administration. Besides buying and purchasing commentators, the Bushies may also be leasing and renting them. The next time you hear an articulate right winger defending Rumsfeld, the obvious question is whether he is funded under a stealth Defense Department project. Not that there would be anything wrong with that, of course.
The Moose suggests that the Bushies form a Department of Punditry where they can purchase commentators in bulk discount. After all, they should be getting the biggest bang for our bucks!
(And the Moose is not for sale).