After years of determined effort, Stacey Campfield finally might have achieved his highest plane in life—last night he became a punchline in a Jay Leno monologue, and Tennessee Democrats are delighted for the senator. Nashville Rep. Mike Turner, the House's No. 2 Democrat, led off his weekly press conference this morning with the news of Campfield's spreading fame.
"Stacey Campfield made the Jay Leno show last night," Turner informed reporters. "I’ve always wanted to do that, but I guess I’ve never sponsored a bill crazy enough to get on there. But we’ll try harder this year. I’m probably going to write Jay Leno and tell him to identify these people as Republican legislators because we don’t have any Democrats making the news nationally. It’s going to eventually end up hurting our state business-wise, and it’s just embarrassing. But there seems to be no end in sight."
Leno poked fun at Campfield for trying to punish welfare kids for doing poorly in school, then going on MSNBC and making himself look stupid by using the term "rocket surgeons." In defense of Campfield (yes, you did actually just read those words here at Pith) we think he was making a little joke. On the other hand, it's true, of course, that Campfield is basically illiterate as he demonstrates just about daily on his blog.