A really scary monster. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

A Really Scary Hallowe’en Monster: Rep. Lamar Smith


It’s nearly Hallowe’en, surely the strangest of the American holidays. All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized version of Samhain a Gaelic harvest festival, thoroughly commercialized by modern capitalism. But in what now passes for tradition, we terrorize ourselves with made-up monsters de jour. All the while ignoring the really scary monsters that actually exist. Like Rep. Lamar Smith (R, Texas and…