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Friday, January 30, 2009

Battleground Iowa: Boo hoo: Chet throws a temper tantrum

Excerpted from this post at Battleground Iowa

There's been a lot of talk about Chester's budget press conference yesterday during which he threw a temper tantrum and tried to claim that others weren't taking Iowa's budget situation seriously. When David Yepsen (who has been doing a much better job at being a real reporter lately) had the audacity to ask Buzz if there was still going to be more cuts in the current fiscal year, Buzz went off on an irrational tirade about the 6 1/2 percent cuts in future budget years rather than answer the simple question about this budget year. Here's what I think happened. Chet Not Stupid just wasn't bright enough to understand the question. Chet Not Stupid then had to revert to the fall-back line one of his staffers had given him to use if he thought a reporter was getting a little too cute or snarky. The problem was, Yepsen wasn't being cute or snarky, he was just asking a legitimate question.

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