In Louisiana, we often find ourselves playing "defensive politics."
When someone from elsewhere brings up Ray Nagin, we say "Oh, yeah? What about Kwame Kilpatrick?"
David Vitter? "At least he's not Larry Craig!"
Bill Jefferson? "Heard of a guy called Ted Stevens?"
So the next time a New Orleans City Council member becomes the subject of national ridicule, remember these words: "Oh, yeah? What about Steven Lipski?":
Pea-brained Jersey City Councilman Steven Lipski swore off booze Sunday - two days after he was busted for urinating on a crowd of revelers at a Washington D.C. nightclub.
"I've resolved not to touch alcohol again," Lipski told reporters outside his home.
He called the incident "deeply humiliating, very embarrassing" and "troubling."
Still, the two-term Democrat refused to admit that he drunkenly relieved himself from the second-floor balcony of the 9:30 club Friday night.
"I can't comment on that," Lipski told Fox 5. "I'm going to continue to do all the good things, and I'm not going to let this overshadow me."....
Lipski, 44, in Washington to see a Grateful Dead tribute band, was hauled out of the concert hall by cops after staffers spotted him in the act about 9:50 p.m., club sources said.
He was charged with simple assault.
I think the "Grateful Dead tribute band" is just as embarrassing.