Claremont Insider: Andy Winnick: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Monday, December 24, 2007

Andy Winnick: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

We noticed in the Courier of December 19, 2007, that there was a letter from a Marc Selznick in support of the proposed affordable housing project on Baseline [not currently linked on Courier website]. It made many of the same specious points as the December 1 letter by Andy Winnick, noted here earlier, but without the incisive analysis and eloquence and the uber-paternalistic 'tude.

That got us to wondering how a man of Andy Winnick's superb but nonetheless merely human ability could have written such an obviously divinely-inspired letter. Sure, we had found that it must have been in his DNA: that was made clear by the discovery of the 1939 letter from Andy Winnick's distant relative discussed in our previous post.

But if it was such a strong expression of nature, wouldn't it have appeared elsewhere in Winnick's genetic line?

Then we ran across a mini-scandal concerning the FEMA trailers used to house Katrina hurricane victims. Seems that they were loaded with poisonous formaldehyde and people in FEMA knew it and let the poor victims live in them anyway. (the government protocol was to blow the trailers out with forced air for a half hour before even entering them.) We thought, "there must be a Winnick involved in this."

And what do you know? A quick FOIA request to the Federal Goverment turned up this August 29, 2005 letter from Brownie Winnick, a mid-level bureaucrat at FEMA. Must be a cousin of Andy's at some remove or another.

Compare this language with the language of Andy Winnick's December 1 letter to the Courier [reproduced below]. You'll see why President Bush was really referring to Brownie Winnick when he famously said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

Andy, you're doing a heck of a job.

[Click on image for an enlarged readable version. Compare the two letters side-by-side.]