“Some people have said Rep. Tom McClintock is defensive, thin-skinned and humorless,” writes Dan Morain in this morning’s Bee.
“They’re wrong, I think. He is witty and loves practical jokes. Why else would he take time from his busy schedule to play a prank on someone like me?
“It all started a few weeks ago when I wrote a column that began: ‘Never one to build bridges, Rep. Tom McClintock has spent the better part of 30 years in office deriding the government that gives him his paycheck.’
“McClintock penned a straight-faced response, which my boss printed on these pages. I would have thought that would have ended the prank. Cut-up that he is, though, McClintock wrote a 1,200-word satire, hilariously titling it, “Deconstructing Dan Morain.”
“I recall English classes in which students much smarter than I deconstructed great authors. How silly to think anyone would deconstruct a hack like me. But there I was, deconstructed by the important, busy and, yes, funny Tom McClintock, on the front page of his tax-supported congressional Web page.
“‘Morain obviously believes the role of a Congressman is to plunder the national treasury,’ the congressman wrote, as if it were true. ‘Indeed, it is precisely this philosophy that now threatens to bankrupt our nation.’
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