Generalissimo Craig Watkins: Thin-Skinned, Perfect and Nuts

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On January 13, I wrote a column for the paper about Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and how thin-skinned and paranoid he seems to be getting.

Two days after my column came out Watkins issued a new policy directive to his entire staff telling them they are no longer allowed to talk to reporters. To explain his new policy Watkins gave an interview to Jennifer Emily at The Dallas Morning News in which Watkins said he considers being thin-skinned a good thing.

"I like thin-skinned," Watkins told Emily. "I like someone that's going to be dedicated to the small things because that means I'm getting, as a citizen, better government. I'm getting someone that pays attention. I'm getting someone that's looking out for my interests and that's not making decisions politically."

And may I say, I like that quote, because it's soooo crazy. It's just right up the middle, center-stage, full spotlight, totally crazed in the head.

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This picture's looking more and more ... perfect all the time.
There were other good lines. Emily asked him what he might change if he had his first term to do over, and he said he wouldn't change anything he did in his term as prosecutor, because, "I think we pretty much exercise our duties as prosecutors almost perfectly."

Not competently. Not well. Not even very well compared to prosecutors in Ukraine. Watkins executed his responsibilities "almost perfectly."

Now that one I might like even better than the first quote, because it's even crazier. First of all, it's crazy because it's not true, it not being a part of the human condition to do much of anything "almost perfectly."

But it's so crazy, so whacked, so extra-gourdo as a thing for a politician to say. Think of this in terms of bumper stickers. So far what have we got? "CRAIG WATKINS: THIN-SKINNED AND PERFECT."

I like that, because it's so scary. It just gives me the willies. I think of "thin-skinned and perfect," and I hear scary music.

I'm going to be gone for a week, Dear Reader, but I wanted you to know I did not miss this on the way out, before leaving town, and I'm thinking about you.

If I were a defense attorney and I had to go up against Watkins in court, know what my strategy would be? I would start cupping my ear toward the air conditioning duct and whispering, "Yup, got it. Thanks. Will do. Great idea."

The man's maybe got some rattles.

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nimbusthegreat
nimbusthegreat

Hmmm. Perhaps some of our commenters should be a little more "dedicated to the small things"...it's Schutze. Not Shultz. Not Schultze.

Uppercase Matt
Uppercase Matt

Wow. I'd like to know the win/loss ratio for cases tried by his office -- how far from "perfect" would it be? Or are the acquittals also "perfect"? -- in which case they should never have prosecuted.

Montemalone
Montemalone

All in all, I prefer the DA we have to the guy that stole the wheels off his own truck and left it tippy toed in his driveway.

Guest
Guest

There are plenty of things that Watkins has done (or not done) that I don't like, but I still say having a DA who is actually interested in whether the accused actually committed the crime is a big improvement over his predecessors.

Jay D
Jay D

Its a shame the bar is set so low.

Phelps
Phelps

So it turns out that a guy with a night-school law degree who got elected using racial politics is a thin skinned narcissist? I'm shocked.

cp
cp

And he surrounds himself with nothing but rah! rah! cheerleaders who think he is indeed actually perfect therefore it is really difficult for him to fathom one iota of criticism because nobody in his world has ever offered it before. He's like a big giant spoiled man-child.

JS
JS

Racism!! Racism!!

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

The DA is on record as being both thin-skinned and almost perfect. Then, Schultze decides to call him out as crazy.

Can you blame him for skipping out of town post haste?

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

When was Craig Watkins actually in court as the DA?

$3000 Tux
$3000 Tux

He insults the DA and then leaves town for a week! Wow. This is kinda of like the old TV lawyer drama where Perry Mason will end up crossing Willonsky on the stand and asks, "Where where you during the time Shultz was being stuck on the Calatrava Bridge and can you explain this receipt for a glue gun?"

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Vodka & Wheaties for breakfast this morning?

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