Paul Simon on his Birthday: How Terribly Strange to be 70…
Old friends, old friends, Sat on their parkbench like bookends A newspaper blown through the grass Falls on the round toes of the high shoes of the old friends Old friends, winter companions, the old men Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sunset The sounds of the city sifting through trees Settles like dust on the shoulders of the old friends. Can you imagine | Read More »
The Pee Party can Occupy Wall Street; The Tea Party will Occupy the White House
So, the Rainbow Gathering meets Brooks Brothers at the “Occupy Wall Street” hootenanny. The possibilities for high (!) comedy seem endless. “Hey guys, watch out… We just heard there’s some really bad Tweed floating around!” Uh, I don’t know how to tell these “protestors”, but they’ve been occupying Wall Street for forty years now. Going back as far as Jimmy Carter’s Banker-In-Residence Bert Lance, all | Read More »
FLASH: Michele Bachmann Misses Every House Vote in September. BORING OLD NEWS: Barack Obama Hardly Cast Any Votes as US Senator…
By now, Americans have learned one immutable truth: Conservative white men are either Stupid or Evil, or Stupid AND Evil. Exhibit “A”? Dan Quayle, Ronald Reagan, and Henry Hyde were just Stupid. Barry Goldwater, Samuel Alito and James Watt were Evil. Oliver North, Jesse Helms and George W. Bush were Evil AND Stupid. Conservative Blacks, on the other hand, are Lazy AND Stupid AND Evil. | Read More »
If Polling were Illegal, Who Would You Support?
“Electability” is a canard. Richard Nixon appeared on the Jack Paar show on February 20th, 1963. Paar asked him, “Of all the possible republican candidates, who would be the best to beat Kennedy?” “Which one?” Nixon replied. With one Kennedy in the White House, one as the Attorney General of the United States, and a third Kennedy just elected to the Senate, the laughing audience | Read More »
I Know Someone Who Knows that Sarah’s Running…*
Absolute knowledge have I none, But my aunt’s washerwoman’s sister’s son Heard a policeman on his beat Say to a laborer on the street that he had a letter just last week A letter which he did not seek– From a Chinese merchant in Timbuctoo Who said that his brother in Cuba knew Of an Indian chief in a Texas town Who got the dope | Read More »
Why Debates Matter, or, “Hey, folks, don’t look at your watch when you’re on camera!”
President Gerald Ford, second Presidential Debate, October 20, 1976: “There is no Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under the Ford Administration.” Ford made matters even worse in the days following the comment by saying what he’d said was true. It was up to Ford’s Chief of Staff, Dick Cheney to try to mitigate the comment by “clarifying” it at a | Read More »
Raising Cain: An Interesting Twist on the “Independents”
Okay, so the two “frontrunners” for the GOP nomination are Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Or, if you want, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. But, something happened on the way to Conventional Wisdom: http://www.gallup.com/poll/149423/Perry-Leads-Romney-Gaining-GOP-Favorability.aspx Who are the most exciting candidates (according to a pre-Tea Party Debate Gallup Poll) in the eyes of our much-wooed Independent Leaning voters? 1) Rick Perry (24%) 2) Herman Cain (22%) | Read More »
If Gov. Palin is the Nominee, Will “Moderate Republicans” Support Her?
..And, of course, the answer is “No, they won’t”. The internecine struggle inside the bowels of the Republican ectoplasm is becoming increasingly fascinating to me. The taproot of the struggle would make for a jolly good Broadway play, entitled: “What Do We do With Sarah?”: Sarah Palin strides onto the stage, into Victorian Drawing Room, the patriarchs in tuxes, and white-goateed grandees stroke their beards | Read More »
A “Living Constitution” is Like an “Open Marriage” –and Just as Destructive.
My older brothers had a friend named “Doc”. Really: that was his given name. Doc was one of those kids that floated in and out of my childhood. He was an archetype from the early 1970′s, a young man who was filled with equal parts rage, drugs, brilliant creativity and shyness. His family was also enormously wealthy. Doc spent time in some exclusive prep and | Read More »
Mitt Romney’s Plan: The Graphics are Boffo, but I can’t get past Page One.
I really want to like Mitt Romney. Really, I do. He’s a wonderful man, a fellow of excellent experience, world-class education and business acumen, and has a terrific, terrific family. He is a solid American. Really, I keep hoping I can find something to hang my hat on the Mitt Wagon, even as its wheel-base seems to be shrinking a tad in recent days. So, | Read More »