Sam Donaldson committed a verbal faux pas in the closing moments of
ABC's This Week last Sunday that might just contain the seeds for
revolutionary change in US government.
While alerting viewers to issues they could explore on his Web site, he
meant to ask "whether SAT scores should be so important for getting into
college." But instead of "college," Donaldson said "Congress," proposing
a qualification for congressmen that, we think, could vastly improve our
We can only imagine how different Congress might be were members
required to have a minimum SAT score of, say, 1200. So we called around
the Hill and asked press secretaries their feelings on the matter. But
most answers were (surprise!) bitterly partisan swipes at legislation
that would never have been proposed. Most catty answer? "If SAT scores
were checked before members were admitted to Congress, maybe Washington,
DC would have fewer missing interns." Ouch!