Monday, December 10, 2007

Daytona Beach News-Journal

Originally appeared on News-Journal Online

December 08, 2007
Three-dot courtroom follow-ups
As a full-service columnist, I feel bad when I bring something up, declare it's vitally worth paying attention to, and then never pay attention to it again.
When several stories beg for quick updates, there's only one thing to do: Declare Follow-up Sunday, pull open the asterisks drawer, and get to work.
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In this dreary season of dozen-candidate political debates, it's easy to forget past eras when political back-and-forth was sharper, less canned.
That was brought home last week when Chis Lamb, an academic, author and former News-Journal reporter, sent me a copy of his new book "I'll Be Sober in the Morning --Great Political Comebacks, Putdowns and Ripostes" published by Frontline Press.
It's a hard-to-put-down paperback with one bon mot per page. And some of the mots are pretty darned bon. They're arranged chronologically from Alcibiades to George W. Bush. (If I had a dime for every time I wrote those two names together in a sentence . . .)
Lots of good, mean-spirited fun.
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