Arrogance, incompetence and civic planning that defied common sense were once again the inspiration for local ink, giving our own V.C. Rogers fodder like Raleigh's schizophrenia about downtown and Durham's clumsy courtship of Clear Channel and near-nonstop leadership imbroglios.
The tea leaves on next year, we are sorry to report, do not portend a shift. Neither competence nor contrition, it appears, is on the march here or in Washington. While there's no solace in that for the rest of us, for the lampoonists these are grand, fertile times.