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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Dangerous Liaisons

--George Baily Lassos the Moon,
fr. It's a Wonderful Life

Like most intellectuals,
he's intensely stupid

--Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

To the moon, Alice
--The Honeymooners

Where is the love
You said was mine all mine

Till the end of time

Was it just a lie

Where is the love

--Where is the Love,

Roberta Flack


I thought The People would vote with their bumptiousnes, but alas, money trumps all, and Romney had more of it.

This wasn't all fun in the sun, as I'd imagined. The people are genuinely afraid, and so feel they must vote for the candidate most likely to win,
which is the person the pollsters tell them will win. So the initial poll showed a Florida dead heat; next, a very slight inclination to Romney, and before you know it, a phase change occurs and 20% for Romney, a decisive victory claimed before anyone hits the polls.

Make no mistake: I'm arguing for the excellence of neither candidate, only looking at the phenomenon and the spectacle of voting. Three crucial errors were overlooked on this writer's part:

[1] The Frenchness of Newt's situation, his Dangerous Liaisons. As McCain's daughter, Meghan, said, you can't have a ... a, mistress and be Republican! (A pig or a goat, perhaps ...) Anyway, mea culpa -- Mistresses are tres Francais, and definitely outre! Republicans have their standards, after all. One cannot do funnel cakes AND mistresses, CAN NOT! I noted the lack of cycling shorts, but missed the obvious.

His 2nd wife's take that Newt wanted an open marriage was most likely a mis-read; he simply wanted his cake and to eat it to. A venerable tradition in the old South, but surface mores tend to frown on the perpetual actuality.

Equally hurtful was Newt's unbridled enthusiasm:

[2] Arguing for the right to cheer at talks was akin to Howard Dean's run-killing yawp. At heart, when sitting in a moderated situation, the Republican wishes to follow the rules, and Gingrich is nigh on a heretic in that arena. Heretics are burned.

Finally, the moon:

[3] What more to be said? We are in a space-averse mode. Life is rotten enough on this rock at the moment. We've got pirates and tigers and bears. Most don't care what happens across Division Street in their own town, so how to engage them in expansive thinking which includes a satellite?

No, NIMBY is the watchword, and Newt violated that stricture with silly talk of the moon. The space program was just a silly little foray to dishearten the Russkies. (Sorry to all the kids who thought Star Wars was heralding in some brave new age. But you've always got comics, now, right?)

Heretic, iconoclast, transgressor, loser -- at least in Fla-duh. Newt is not really all of those things, he just sort of bumbles into it, but the early example of his failed predecessor John McCain should have served as cautionary tale. To be Republican today is to be obedient, and Newt obeys his own fascinations, above all.

So that is that; the pollsters win.

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Blogger FDChief said...

I think a big part of this was your first point; the typical Republican voter wants, more than anything else, to get the Socialist Kenyan Usurper out of the WH. They were told that N. Leroy was just too fat, too pointy-headed, too whack, too "insider", too...too. And they went with the safe bet.

The sad part of this is that all of these goofballs are so far from the sort of sane Republican that Eisenhower represented that trying to see them as running any sort of sane domestic and foreign policy is like picturing Shakes the Clown as Secretary of War. There's not a one of them I'd trust to run a raffle, and as a result we're faced with the appalling choice between the corporatist wing of the Democratic Party and the Monster Raving Loony Party.

Can you tell I'm not enthused about this?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 12:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Chief says,

Can you tell I'm not enthused about this?

... I had a sense.

Dana Milbank explains today in, The media ♥ Newt Gingrich the reasons why he is at all interesting.

Whereas Mitt is not at all interesting, esp. after he said he wants to minister to the "middle" 90-95% of us. Huh?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 2:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger basilbeast said...

I don't have anything of value to say today, so here's this



Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 4:17:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Deryle said...

Had a conversation at the local brew pub yesterday with a 30+ year Department of Energy employee who was railing about "them that don't vote" among other American anomalies.

"What's this election about anyway", I managed to interject?
"Oh, it's about the kind of country we want to have.That's why voting is so important."

Downing my beer so as to get some space, and some breathing room, I ask him " You think it ought to be about the America that we are?"

"Why,that never occurred to me."


FDChief, you hit it square:"Corporatist Democratics (ain't that almost Republican?),
or Monster raving Loony.

So tell me again just how important this voting thing is?

Have to light extra incense for those Vietnamese
we killed for....this?

There it is.


Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 11:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


A very clear statement to your pub correspondent.

As with Ms. Palin, how's the hopey-changey thing working? We seem so gullible, at times. The boat is sinking now, so how can right what is? Where is our pragmatism?

Friday, February 3, 2012 at 9:59:00 AM GMT-5  

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