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Here Lies Margaret Spellings … And Why Not?

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings may think that she avoided embarrassing herself on Jeopardy. But I’m not so sure:

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Margaret Spellings says she studied hard to prepare for Tuesday night’s airing of “Celebrity Jeopardy!”

“I didn’t want to be the education secretary who didn’t know how to spell potato,” Spellings joked, describing how she read books and sought advice from a former show contender and her daughters.

In the end, Spellings said she thinks the effort was worth it. She came in second behind the actor Michael McKean, best known for his role as ‘Lenny’ on the television show “Laverne and Shirley” and for the movie “This Is Spinal Tap.”

Folks, she lost to David St. Hubbins!

It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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