Sometimes, more than others, I really have to wonder what the editorial board of the Courier-Journal is smoking. Maybe they are trying to puff-puff-pass on some commercial hemp, even though all us real good recreational types know it doesn't do any good. Whatever the case, the C-J really needed to crack a window before unloosing the editorial Farmer's Air Ball on us Saturday morning.
Don't get me wrong- it's pretty easy to take a shot a Farmer these days. The guy went from being the darling of the Kentucky GOP to the Andy Dick of the Kentucky GOP in near-record time. I would have drawn a comparison to Charlie Sheen, but at least Sheen's "winning" has panned out for him in the long run. Farmer lost his credibility, his marriage, and his job faster than Christian Laettner put UK out of the 1992 NCAA Tourney. Where does the guy go from here?
The C-J says state Senate President David Williams has "no one to blame but himself for bringing ridicule on his own ticket..." and "...failed first to perform due diligence and determine whether Mr. Farmer was suitable for high office." Fair enough on the first charge, but as for the second? Farmer was picked solely because he has a number retired at Rupp Arena. We all know that, but the voters of Kentucky picked him as Agriculture Commissioner not once, but twice, and the second time casting more votes for him than any other candidate in the state. Agriculture Commissioner in Kentucky is a high office, higher than whatever in the hell the Lieutenant Governor does four years at a clip. They, the voters, set the wheels in motion for this, and are just as lacking in diligence regarding Farmer as anyone.
Granted, Sen. Williams and his campaign staff couldn't figure out what was going on in Farmer's office, with questionable perks, expenses, paperwork to back up those expenses, and now the news he gave his girlfriend an Ag Department job as the campaign was in it's death throes. If they knew, then the arrogance with which many people viewed Sen. Williams may have even been underestimated. And how could they not know? Even with the lean the C-J has, I haven't heard anything proven wrong or even mildly inaccurate.
I'm not saying the C-J is wrong in their analysis, but if they are going to cast blame, then they need to do it evenly, even if that means casting blame to the dwindling number of people buying your publication.