Baron Dave Romm (barondave) wrote,
Baron Dave Romm

"The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" vs. "the gang that couldn't shoot straight"

For the first time since May, I had a letter published in the Mpls Star Tribune. Sometimes they edit my letters, usually to make it shorter or to take out some supporting clause. This time, they made an interesting edit. My letter as sent:

"It's official: The Bush/Cheney Administration is The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight."

As printed:

"It's official: The Bush/Cheney administration is the gang that couldn't shoot straight."

I was one of five short letters under the heading Everyone's a comedian. That makes their removing the capital letters even more odd: Haven't they heard of the Jimmy Breslin novel about a bumbling gang of small-time crooks? Do they think the Bush/Cheney Administration is a bumbling gang of big time crooks? I'll spot them the "a" in Administration, though I think the capital is proper, but making the reference generic makes a slightly different joke than I intended. More than just Cheney illegally hunting in Texas and covering up the incident for most of a day, I wanted to make sly reference to the fumbling and bumbling about Iraq, Katrina, Plame, budget deficits, etc etc etc. That's asking a lot of one sentence but I think the point is made sharper with the caps, less so without.

Oh well. At least they didn't put the period in my middle name.

NB: Joke I didn't send but will probably use later. "Now we know the Republican version of Gun Control: Have an ambulance standing by."

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