In light of the circumstances, this raises two questions. One, if Senator Currie is a terrible communicator who is unable to handle basic tasks, what was Shoppers hiring him to a public relations contract for, if not to exploit his power as a member of the Senate leadership? And two, if the best a friend and ally of Mr. Currie can say in his defense is that he's a people person but not too bright, what in the world was Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller doing entrusting him with analyzing a $30 billion-plus state budget? If the leader of, arguably, the most important committee in the legislature is "right at the bottom" of the scale when it comes to smarts, what does that say about everybody else in the General Assembly? Perhaps the leaders in Annapolis could clue us in about which legislators are secretly dim before the next election.