IF you are like me, you are already looking forward to the new year and a fresh start - one where you will spend quality time with friends and family, rolling down hills inside a rubber tire, using the back of a dump truck as a swimming pool and swinging around in the bucket of a loader.
Oh, there I have done it again. I have confused you and me with the cast of the upcoming MTV program "Buckwild."
Sen. Joe Manchin is not confused. He does not like this show, a "reality" program about the lives of some young adults here in Kanawha County.
Previews show them engaging in the activities I have described above, plus fighting, kissing, drinking and using language that requires bleeps.
Manchin wrote a sternly worded letter to MTV. I edited some bleeping bleeps into his statement just to translate it into "Buckwild" talk.
"Instead of (bleep) showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying (bleep) shameful behavior - and now you are profiting from it. That is just (bleep) wrong."
Not long after that, the senator got p.r. advice from reality show expert Sharon Osborne - wife of Ozzy, cast member of MTV's "The Osbornes" and current panelist on "The Talk."
During an appearance this past week on "CBS This Morning," Sharon said the senator is going off on the rails of a crazy train.
"He doesn't realize the more he says that the bigger the show will be when it premieres. He should just zip it."
I propose a different strategy.
Change the subject.
That is a (bleep) time-tested political tactic.
Why wouldn't it (bleep) work in this instance?
West Virginia has enough exotic locations or abnormal situations to keep people busy and entertained WAY through network sweeps.