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Editor’s Notebook: Let’s not go overboard

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The Washington Monthly magazine has a cover price of $5.95, but tons of them are always stacked up for the pickings in the free-and-worthy-every-penny stand at a local Safeway. Go figure.

Anyhoo, the most recent cover caught my attention. As the photo of the cover above shows, it attempts to postulate the theory that Jimmy Carter was a leader of of “surprising greatness.”

(Based on the lower half of the photo, which I cropped out because we are a family publication, Carter’s “surprising greatness,” at least in the mind of the artist, might be what he’s packing down below, because it looked like he had a zeppelin stuffed in his trousers. But I digress…)

It would be easy to do, but let us not caricature Carter as a completely failed president. He had a number of real accomplishments. But a leader of “surprising greatness”? Mmmmmm, that sounds like many of the theories floated by Washington Monthly — all hat and no cattle, as our corporate overlords down in Texas might put it.

Anyway, if you want a free copy to make up your own mind, wander around some Safeways in the area; there seem to be plenty to go around.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY 🙁 This morning at 8 a.m. I toodle over the the Optimist Club of Arlington Christmas-tree stand (don’t you dare call it a “holiday-tree stand” in front of the Optimists…) as hundreds of trees freshly felled in North Carolina are unloaded.

It’s a staple of Thanksgiving-week coverage here in Sun Gazette-land.

Last year, the story went well, but on the way back to the office I managed to back into another car — owned by a lawyer who took it surprisingly well, all things considered. No Optimists were involved, and through the good graces of GEICO and t Koon’s Automotive body shop at Seven Corners, everything was right with the world in a couple of weeks’ time.

Let’s see if I can get through 2021 coverage of the event with no benders to the fenders.

  • Scott McCaffrey
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