I don’t pay much attention to pork, but others do and Captain Ed today will make your head spin with a quote from the NYTimes on it.

The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore really needs a remedial civics lesson — and so do a few New York politicians. In an article covering the pork-barrel controversies in the state, Confessore reports that some officeholders want to defend earmarks from the state budget for home-district vote-buying as — get this — the “purest expression of self-government”: