Education Secretary Finishes 2nd on ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings came in second in “Celebrity Jeopardy,” right behind Michael McKean, best known for his role as ‘Lenny’ on the television show “Laverne and Shirley” and for the movie “This Is Spinal Tap.”
Somehow, I find that amusing. Granted, McKean is obviously a very bright fellow and “Lenny” was just a role that he played very well. But, still, it’s funny that the EdSec lost to him. At least it wasn’t Squiggy.
UPDATE: AllahPundit had a similar reaction but is less kind, titling his post “U.S. Secretary of Education loses big on Celebrity Jeopardy.” He has video of her performance along with a video clip from “Spinal Tap.”
Mary Katharine Ham observes, correctly, that this was “huge P.R. gamble” on Spellings’ part because “After all, if you win, it’s just a game, and you were expected to win anyway. If you lose, though, it’s a news story for a whole cycle.”
Which reminds me of a bit Bill Murray did about a quarter century ago on “Saturday Night Live” when draft registration was being reinstated and there was a debate about whether to include women. He said it was a swell idea and that, in fact, we should draft only women. That way, if we got into war with the Soviets and lost, we could rub their noses in their getting beaten by “a bunch of women.” Conversely, if we lost, we could just say, “Big deal. So you beat a bunch of women.”