One of the funniest pieces I’ve read on an editorial page lately is a November 15 piece by Doug McIntyre (“Garcetti, Newsom Look for a Lifeboat”) in the L.A. Daily News.
McIntyre writes: “In the ‘Battle of the Century,’ Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s 1927 comedy classic, the boys inadvertently start a massive pie fit that soon engulfs the entire city of Los Angeles.
“With chaos in the streets, Stan and Ollie quietly tip-toe out of town as if they had nothing to do with the mess they’ve left behind.
“Today, there’s talks of a remake starring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.”
“The ‘back to basics’ mayor is basically begging president-elect Biden for a one-way ticket to Washington, hoping to put as many miles as possible between himself and the mess he helped create.”
McIntyre makes the case for why Garcetti would like to abandon L.A. as quickly as possible for a cabinet position.
The former ABC talk radio host, who is also a columnist for the News, points out that you “Can’t have Laurel without Hardy, and that brings us to California Governor Gavin Newsom.”
He postulates that Newsom should consider nominating himself to replace Kamala Harris because “there is no calvary coming to rescue California.” He points out that the Senate, under Mitch McConnell, is quite unlikely to bail out California.
McIntyre concludes: “Of course, Eric Garcetti likely has his eye on Feinstein’s seat as well. ‘Laurel versus Hardy.’ Talk about a ‘Battle of the Century.’”