A man so badly fucked that he'll hire Lanny Davis is a man who's finished, and so everyone who detests Daniel Snyder, the imperious prick who owns the Washington Redskins and claims he'll never change their name, can rejoice. When the client who can't be defended brings on the fixer who will defend anything, the issue is settled. All that's left is the billing.
Davis—father, incidentally, of Seth Davis, the college hoops pundit—first came on the scene this weekend, when, in response to something vague Barack Obama said to the effect of, "Well, probably you may want to at least consider not having a racist slur for a team nickname," he issued a wonderfully oblivious letter on behalf of the Redskins. Yesterday, the letter-writing campaign continued, with a missive from Snyder to "Everyone in Our Redskins Nation" that, if it wasn't written by Davis, was written by someone with real ability in the way of mimicking both his craven servility and cokehead-type focus on discredited and/or irrelevant fact-like objects. (The point, it seems, wasn't so much to make sense as it was to signal a slight change of tone, away from Snyder's "NEVER—you can use caps" churlishness.) At this rate, we'll be able to measure the progress toward the Redskins changing their name one stupid letter at a time.