Monday, January 07, 2008

Flogging a dead horse

What does that mean, Spotty? Flogging a dead horse. It sounds kind of useless, not to mention icky.

Where did you hear that, grasshopper?

Oh, somebody said it about Katie's column today praising the now departed Rachel Paulose. Apparently, Friday was her last day on the job:

Last Friday, Rachel Paulose walked out of the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis for the last time.

Ah, yes, the former and little lamented, in a lot of circles anyway, US attorney for Minnesota.

But Katie said that she did a really good job, and some other people thought so, too.

On the other hand, there are others, including several people who worked in the office, who thought she was a venomous little witch:

When Paulose took over the office, she told several of the career officials there that she demanded total personal loyalty. At least one replied that loyalty was owed to the Constitution, not to her. Many of the allegations [against Paulose] raise the possibility that Paulose crossed the line while seeking to punish personal disloyalty.

That's City Pages quoting Eric Black. But let's get back to flogging dead horses. It's a metaphor, grasshopper.

For what?

Doing something entirely useless. You can't make a dead horse walk or run faster or pull harder by flogging it.

Oh, I get it! Sort of like the futility of writing glowingly about a person who already lost her job!

Exactly, grasshopper.

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