Wayne’s World

I try to be an informed citizen. So when Las Vegas played host to the Republican debates Oct. 18, I popped popcorn and settled in to watch the national disaster coverage with the hometown bent.

I expected an assortment of civic travesties, but not this: CNN interviewed Wayne Newton as “a longtime GOP activist.” The font under his forever-young mask read, “Wayne Newton isn’t happy with the GOP field.”


The interview went on for what seemed like a very, very long time, during which I had the opportunity the hear Wayne’s sage advice to candidates: “Say what you mean and mean what you say.”

When it comes to Las Vegas, the national media has two gears, and one of them is Wayne Newton. This, it seems to me, is a problem. So I’ll conclude this week’s peeve with a plea: Dear national media: Please put down the yard-long and realize that, while Wayne and showgirls are indeed delightful, no one in Las Vegas consults them for economic revitalization solutions.

Danke schoen.

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