This reader takes exception to a wisecrack in the Faceoff column on the sports cover Friday. First, here's the top of that column, which is a weekly give-and-take (and sometimes mud-wrestling match) between two opinionated P-B sports writers.
FELDMAN: Hey, Helmet Hair, glad to have you aboard Faceoff this week. This isn't Points on the Purple, but it's fitting that you're with us this week, after our stuttering and stammering governor on Tuesday basically wished the Vikings well in Los Angeles. After stating for months that he supports getting a Vikings stadium done, Gov. Mark Dayton told us the issue likely won't get taken up until the regular legislative session begins on Jan. 24, 2012. The Vikings' Metrodome lease expires about two weeks later. So, will we be watching a lame-duck team at the re-roofed Dome this fall?
Here's the reader comment, which came with a clipping of that graf:
I thoroughly enjoy the Post-Bulletin delivered to my door every day.
This disgusting piece of journalism should demand a retraction.
I have never heard our governor Mark Dayton stutter and stammer. He is well-spoken; my impression is we have a well-spoken governor; the use of his picture in that article is reprehensible!
First, I appreciate this reader taking the time to write. And one might argue that it's bad form to take a personal swipe at the governor and run his smiling mug next to it.
That said, the governor's not the smoothest, most well-spoken politician in the state. I'm quite sure he'd agree with that. Does he "stutter and stammer"? Sometimes.
The Faceoff comment might be a low blow, but it's defensible.
I'm more offended by Dayton's political opponents (I'm talking about you, Tony Sutton, among others) who use code words to say the governor is off-balance, not quite all there, erratic, "a piece of work" and unstable. Even when Rudy Perpich's opponents called him "Governor Goofy," it wasn't as much a gut shot as the code language that's used about Dayton.