Sunday, September 07, 2008

Good Post Alert: Sarah Vowell's "Party Guy"

Ah, we have a great treat this morning!

Sarah Vowell (Disclosure: Always a favorite to see, hear or read) is on the NYT Op-Ed pages today, with "Party Guy", riffing on, that as much as we think we may know about our presidential candidates, we really know very little at all, how they will perform once elected.

It's packed with Vowell's wryly hysterical observations, going through various past presidents and their shining moments of glory (the Harry Truman line is killer).

As to Stumblin' Bumblin' John McCain;

Despite his consistent party-line voting record, some independents and Democrats still think of Senator McCain as the most palatable, independent-minded Republican. But this is the sort of empty compliment a friend of mine once compared to being called “the coolest Osmond.”
And all that newly-discover excitement, with Mommy Moose now on the ticket;
Senator McCain’s name will not appear on ballots under the category “Maverick.” A vote for him is a vote for the Republican Party, which is to say the people who were standing there on the floor in Minnesota all week long chanting, “Drill, baby, drill,” or rattling maracas to cheer on Mitt Romney as he bragged, “Just like you, there’s never been a day when I was not proud to be an American.” Really? Not even on Abu Ghraib thumbs-up photo day? Or Superdome bedlam day(s)?

Those conventioneers are the party faithful Senator McCain will appoint to run our government. Those are the people who have his ear, the people who chose his running mate, the people who will choose his — or in the event of his demise, Sarah Palin’s — Supreme Court appointments. We let presidents surprise us for only four years a pop. Justices can keep us guessing until they die.
Grab your cup of coffee and check out Sarah Vowell's "Party Guy"


For you younger, or cartoon, fans, Sarah Vowell was also the voice of Violet, the teenager in the animated film, 'The Incredibles'

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