Odds and Ends

Sure, it was awkward when Mitt Romney disputed Rick Perry’s claim that the former Massachusetts governor flip-flopped over health care—Romney outstretched his hand and dared Perry to make a $10,000 bet over the assertion. But this still doesn’t make him the most out-of-touch person in America. That title has to go to Andrea Jung, the longtime CEO of Avon who will soon be stepping down following a disastrous fiscal year for the cosmetics empire.

As noted last week in the Wall Street Journal, “[Jung] had more trouble relating to reps in North America, some of whom find her cold and out of touch with Avon’s working-class sales force, according to people who’ve worked for the company. Ms. Jung has a reputation for glamour. When Avon adopted casual dress for certain work days, Ms. Jung switched from Chanel to Armani, the acquaintance said.”

I know it’s not fair. After all, Jung could’ve been shopping at Armani Exchange.

A colleague of mine despises the press flack acronym ICYMI (In Case You Missed It). “In other words, he missed it,” my friend clarifies. Well, I humbly admit to missing two essays by my fellow coworkers, both of which appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently. The first is Jonathan V. Last’s review of Why the Law Is So Perverse by Leo Katz. The second is Fred Barnes’s review of J. Samuel Walker’s ACC Basketball. Both are excellent. (I disagree with Fred on the nature of the ACC—he loves it, and I think it is a voracious money-sucking enterprise out to destroy the Big East.)

And finally, while we’re on the topic of sports, I was saddened to hear Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry will cut his season short due to a recurring injury to his Achilles. It may not only be the season, either. Last year the same thing happened to Landry. I guess you can say LaRon’s Achilles heel is his, well…

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