The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Dwight Watson certainly is passionate when it comes to tobacco farming. And he sure knows how to grab attention: I'd say staging his protest over declining farm subsidies by camping out in his tractor in the middle of Washington, DC qualifies as effective.

When it comes to brains, though, I think Watson comes up short. Especially if he really did tell the cops he had explosives. With the immediate war jitters, and the general post-9/11 nervousness, it's not like law enforcement's not on a hair-trigger.

Even though he didn't drive the tractor all the way up to DC, this event reminded me very much of The Straight Story--which, incidentally, was also based on a true story.