The unanswered question

While watching the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearings about steroids in Major League Baseball, I was reminded of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Larry David has an on-going gag where he stares into the eyes of someone when he can’t quite tell if they’re telling the truth.  At the end of the stare, Larry doesn’t have a clue about their veracity.

There’s no need to comment on whether Roger Clemens or Brian McNamee was telling the truth in front of Congress.  It doesn’t take a Larry David stare to figure out this one.

But one question remains…

Larry David could not be reached for comment, so I turned to a dictionary instead.  It is a question that has baffled ages of sages.  To help define the question…

Schmuck (slang): a clumsy or stupid person; an oaf.

Putz (slang): a fool; an idiot.

Congressman Dan Burton (R-Indiana), Congressman Darrell Issa (R-California), Congressman Christopher Shays (R-Connecticut).

The unanswered question:  Burton, Issa, Shays…  Are they Schmucks or Putzes?

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