Isn't it amazing how blind (and stupid) people can be? The notion of paying a pundit (as reported in USA Today) to push the government's education policy should not have received, much less passed, a laugh test but pass it did. It makes you wonder what kind of ethically myopic, politically tone-deaf people are working in the Education Department and at the PR firm that contracted with Armstrong Williams to shill for the No Child Left Behind law. Setting aside for the moment that astroturfing the NCLB is sleazy and dishonest even if Williams supported it anyway, didn't these people understand that the existence of the contract would become known? Amateur hour at the White House.