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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Keillor is funny in print, too

This is from Garrison Keillor on Salon. (If you watch the ad, you can read the whole thing, but this is pretty much the kicker in the piece.)
You might not have always liked Republicans, but you could count on them to manage the bank. They might be lousy tippers, act snooty, talk through their noses, wear spats and splash mud on you as they race their Pierce-Arrows through the village, but you knew they could do the math. To see them produce a ninny and then follow him loyally into the swamp for five years is disconcerting, like seeing the Rolling Stones take up lite jazz. So here we are at an uneasy point in our history, mired in a costly war and getting nowhere, a supine Congress granting absolute power to a president who seems to get smaller and dimmer, and the best the Republicans can offer is San Franciscophobia? This is beyond pitiful. This is violently stupid.

It is painful to look at your father and realize the old man should not be allowed to manage his own money anymore. This is the discovery the country has made about the party in power. They are inept. The checkbook needs to be taken away. They will rant, they will screech, they will wave their canes at you and call you all sorts of names, but you have to do what you have to do.


  • This is why the Republicans had to dig out the gay marriage amendment again, they certainly can't run on that whole 'fiscal responsibility' thing again.

    By Blogger Lew Scannon, at 9:59 PM  

  • Yeah, you're right, but but somehow the taking the credit cards away from the old man line really put it in a new perspective for me.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:03 PM  

  • Garrison Keillor taught me nearly everything about those Americans who aren't movie and TV creatures.
    Well he from his radio show and fellow Salon writer Bruce Shapiro.
    I must do a Garrison revisit. He always seems to hit the mark.

    By Blogger Cartledge, at 10:39 PM  

  • Perfect analogy.

    By Blogger sumo, at 2:36 AM  

  • Just a warning Cartledge, his stories are an idealized version of small town America in the past. Perhaps in their greater lessons, they offer some picture and view on the American character, but they aren't too close to reality.

    I assume you knew that and were referring tho the display of character.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 12:00 PM  

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