Monday, February 26, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
David Geffen. My Hero
Or is it because only those who can truly buy into the fantasies and made-up worlds of the arts can also fall for the fluff that makes up most liberal political theory?
In any event, it took a liberal's liberal to nail the essence of the Clintons:
The Clinton campaign demanded that Mr. Obama denounce comments made by the DreamWorks movie studio founder, who told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in yesterday's editions that, while "everybody in politics lies," the former president and his wife "do it with such ease, it's troubling."
Not since the Vietnam War has there been this level of disappointment in the behavior of America throughout the world, and I don't think that another incredibly polarizing figure, no matter how smart she is and no matter how ambitious she is, and God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton? ” can bring the country together.
Obama is inspirational, and he's not from the Bush royal family or the Clinton royal family. Americans are dying every day in Iraq. And I'm tired of hearing James Carville on television."
Of Mr. Clinton, and whether there’s Clinton fatigue these days, as Ms. Dowd writes, Mr. Geffen continued:
I don't think anybody believes that in the last six years, all of a sudden Bill Clinton has become a different person," Mr. Geffen says, adding that "if Republicans are digging up dirt, they'll wait until Hillary is the nominee to use it. I think they believe she's the easiest to defeat."
And of Mrs. Clinton’s war stance and campaign so far: It's not a very big thing to say, ˜I made a mistake on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can't" Mr. Geffen says. "She's so advised by so many smart advisers who are covering every base. I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms."
How dead right on is that?
Monday, February 19, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Boston & Dr. Brown
I'm torn between understanding that in a post 9/11 world discretion is the better part of valor, and the certainty of the knowledge that any area that routinely re-elects Ted Kennedy can't be blessed with much intelligence or discretion.
I had a biology teacher in high school, Dr. Brown. As part of a lecture on group-think, he surreptitiously released a chemical into the air of the classroom. The class' response to the smell depended on the reaction of the first person who smelled it-- if the student thought someone had emitted post-lunch gas, that would be the reaction of the entire class. If the person thought something was on fire, the class would search for the source.
We saw that reaction this week-- someone in Boston thought "terrorist device" and the City's forces swung into action.
In New York....nobody noticed. Nada.
Dr. Brown was right.