I‚Äôve tried to steer this blog real clear of politics, and this post isn‚Äôt meant to be an exception to that policy.
Barak Obama‚Äôs choice of Joe Biden as his running mate has reminded me, though, of one of the most glorious pieces of political satire ever written. I refer to Dave Barry‚Äôs column on the Clarence Thomas hearings, in which Sen. Biden had a starring role. Since it is equally merciless toward both Democrats and Republicans (poor Orrin! poor Strom!), I feel that offering a link to Barry‚Äôs article is within the apolitical bounds of this blog.
It‚Äôs been 17 years now, but try as I might ‚Äì and to tell the truth, I don‚Äôt try very hard ‚Äì I still cannot see Sen. Biden‚Äôs face or hear his voice without recalling immortal phrases like these:
‚ÄúSoamwhoan ben cudrin mheah widm tan‚Äô bfust drang.‚Äù
(Click on the link below for translation!)
‚ÄúMay I just add that the top of my own personal head appears to be an unsuccessful attempt to grow okra‚Ä¶‚Äù
‚ÄúThis has been very, very painful, and believe me I know what pain is, because at one time in my career I was the son of a Welsh coal miner, and let me just say‚Ä¶‚Äù
‚ÄúAnd believe me, no one is more disgusted than I am!‚Äù
And ‚Äì in the spirit of things ‚Äì MAY I JUST ADD that I am more than a little puzzled by Sen. Obama‚Äôs choice of a man who is surely going to be raw meat for the late-night comics: plagiarism on the campaign trail (who, I wonder, will be the first jokester to trumpet ‚ÄúObama‚Äôs Surprise VP Pick: Neil Kinnock!‚Äù?); plagiarism in law school; an abymsal academic record (especially in light of Sen. Obama‚Äôs very public sneer at the rather impressive intellectual credentials of Clarence Thomas); politically incorrect remarks about African-Americans and Indians; swipes at Sen. Obama‚Äôs own inexperience‚Ä¶ what more could the comedians ask for?
But that‚Äôs not our problem‚Ä¶ here‚Äôs the link:
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