Comments: Trying To Think Of Something To Say


Posted by MonsignorMarmoset at August 23, 2008 06:36 PM

Biden's speech

Posted by Monkay at August 23, 2008 06:41 PM

I hated politics most of my life, finding it banal. I am only interested in it because it is the field of human endeavour with the single greatest array of moral implications. Science can be used for evil, art can if you really try, but if you want to really be a Complete and Total Bastard, you gotta have political impact, baby.

Biden's an asshole, like all the others. Sitting around comparing him to other DNC insiders and trying to measure which asshole is more foul is. . . well, sitting around sniffing assholes.

I suspect no one thinks that that's a good use of time.

Posted by No One of Consequence at August 23, 2008 07:54 PM

Thanks a bunch, JS. I actually read through that whole exercise in verbal diarrhea. Is that what 36 years in Washington does to ones' brain? All that strained verbage just to say: I love you, George, 'cuz you're my bestest, most trustworthy prez in the whole world, and you can go to war whenever you want.

Al Gore: ""Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things."

Biden's a good case for term limits, based on that. Either that, or promote him. Hey, that's it! Peter Principle time for Joe!! Make him a VP where he can't hurt anyone!

Posted by Don Bacon at August 23, 2008 11:37 PM

Morally, the worse thing about Biden is his enthusastic vote for war. Politically, it's that he angers and alienates a whole array of dems for various reasons even while appealing to some others. A depressing and demoralizing choice.

Posted by Rosemary Molloy at August 24, 2008 06:59 AM

They had to pick somebody.

The GOP oppo-apparat will go into full destructo-mode on whomsoever was selected.

Mebbe Biden's faults were so well known already that the Dims figgered he was the one with the least to hide...and thus posed the least threat for scandal.

Posted by woody, tokin librul at August 24, 2008 10:45 AM

I think you do care about politics, in the sense of "the people's participation in the public thing."

What you don't find interesting is what Dewey called "the shadow of big business": the gossip surrounding the conspiracies of the American governing class.

Posted by Seth at August 24, 2008 11:04 AM

One man's asshole, another man's Great American.
They were power-and-money-hungry assholes before they came to Washington.
Those who seek a life of contemplation teach philosophy at Swarthmore or Classics at Williams.
Those who seek a life of service are social workers or nurses.
The assholes and our business mentality make The American Way of Life.
The Sixties were not what the WSJ and our mainstream smoothies insist they were. They opened a window, for a few years, and then the silent majority made itself heard and shut it.
Back to the normalcy of our way of life. It may be insanity to Jon and some of us here, but the revolution remains tiny.

Posted by donescobar at August 24, 2008 12:59 PM

"He, uh, plagiarized his hair transplants from Kenny Rogers?"

That's roughly thirty times too witty for late night TV.

Posted by Mark at August 24, 2008 02:25 PM

and then the silent majority made itself heard and
kicked it shut, with big boots on

Posted by Roy Belmont at August 25, 2008 12:33 AM

An apathetic blogger? SAY IT ISN'T SO!

Posted by AlanSmithee at August 25, 2008 09:02 AM

"Maybe there's something else to say, but thinking about Joe Biden makes me too sleepy to figure out what it might be."

Could be you've just stumbled onto Biden's secret weapon.

Posted by xpig at August 25, 2008 11:35 AM

Proof that the party system is a complete failure whose destruction is worth any cost:

It is literally impossible for Obama to pick a running mate that would prevent him from getting a strong vote output in November. Anybody on the ticket gets a free ride.

The U.S. will come out to, at the very least, vote against McCain, no matter what the price.

Posted by No One of Consequence at August 25, 2008 11:42 AM

With regard to Kenny Rogers, I just dropped in to
Wikipedia to see what condition his condition was in, and I found out:

"On August 26th, 2008,[THAT'S TODAY, FOLKS!!] Rogers released "50 Years" exclusively at Cracker Barrel stores. The album includes greatest hits, plus 3 new songs. The release is designed to celebrate Kenny's 50th year in the music business."

"In 1998, [Kenny Rogers Roasters] went through a restructuring, which resulted in its acquisition by Nathan's Famous, Inc., completed on April 1, 1999; as a result of restructuring, many locations closed. Today, according to Nathan's Famous corporate web site, there is only one U.S. Kenny Rogers Roasters operating at the Ontario Mills mall in Ontario, California. Some of the company's Miami Subs Grill locations feature Kenny Rogers Roasters menu items, along with Nathan's Famous hot dogs and Arthur Treacher's fish items."

Posted by mistah charley, ph.d. at August 26, 2008 01:47 PM