Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Lou Dobbs hits a homer

You may already know that CNN's Lou Dobbs isn't one of my favorite pundits. But he's scored points with me for a masterful phrase he created out of a line from former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.

Asked whether the results of Super Tuesday provide clarity for or further muddle the GOP race, Fleischer discussed Mike Huckabee's unexpected success tonight and then said, "It's a mess."

Without hesitation, Dobbs jumped in and said, "But it's a splendid mess, Ari, because it is looking like the presidential nomination process is going to have a chance to work the way it should." (Or something close to that.)

The "splendid mess" line is one for the ages. And that it was spoken by a guy who, a couple of weeks ago, was stuck on the phrase "political savant," makes it all the more remarkable.