June 10, 2014

“Who still wants to rule? Who obey? Both require too much exertion,”


Matthew Continetti explains the party that never ends at the White House:

"I like to imagine the conversations at these parties. How are they structured? Is there any awkwardness at the beginning? Does it take a few drinks to get things going? I imagine that there is plenty of hesitant and anodyne talk about children, about movies, about basketball, about the weather.

"When the discussion turns to domestic or foreign affairs, though, the clichés must be stifling:

"How can the Republicans be so obstructionist and rude and luddite, what happened to the nice moderate conservatives they used to have in the Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush administrations, have you seen the latest essays by Ezra Klein and Michael Tomasky and Ta-Nehisi Coates, who cares what the media says, E.J. Dionne says you are doing A-OK, what’s it like to hold the nuclear football, have you been to Eric Ripert’s newest restaurant, weren’t the Afghan and Iraq wars terrible mistakes, people have got to recognize America can’t go its own way in today’s integrated, global, flat world, the Wire is Shakespearean, what are you going to do about the polar bears, we need to appreciate the value of other cultures, America doesn’t have such a clean record itself you know, my son just took a job in Dubai, wasn’t Sheryl Sandberg brilliant in her City Colleges of Chicago commencement speech, let’s touch base on the new youth outreach project Mark Zuckerberg is standing up, do you watch Mad Men, politics is a relay race and we just have to keep going until we hand the baton to the next person, where do you come up with all of those beautiful words, we leave for Beijing next week, Putin doesn’t understand how we do things in the twenty-first century, God that Bibi is so unreasonable, who are your favorite authors, it’s time for a real conversation about race, is Homeland like real life, this is the sushi place to go to in Los Angeles, you are a real role model for young men not only in this country but all around the world, I watch House of Cards but my wife prefers Orange is the New Black.…
"The earnestness, the posing, the sentimentality, the affected and knowing tones, the blather, the sanctimony, the insinuation, the phoniness, the small talk, above all the endless putting on airs before the most gigantic ego known to mankind—that wine had better be good."

This and more is at Dialing It In | Washington Free Beacon

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 10, 2014 11:28 AM
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Consider this hypothetical: let's say Obama shot and killed a guy in the White House steps with a pistol.

I'd like to hear the spinning on that one:

There was no guy;
Even if there was a guy he is unknown;
He won't be found in the morgue because he is unknown and wasn't there and didn't really get shot;
It was just play-acting;
It was real, but a Secret Service man is being questioned;
It wasn't Obama, it was that rodeo clown wearing the mask;
Terrorists made the whole thing up;
The IRS and NSA are investigating all the domestic terrorists, starting with the VA guys;
so much time has passed, what does it matter? No, wait, that's Hillary's line;

Oh, look. A rabbit ...

Posted by: chasmatic at June 10, 2014 12:09 PM

He was found innocent, but had to give the mule back.

Posted by: pfsm at June 10, 2014 3:13 PM

In the room the women come and go,
talking of Michaelangelo...

Posted by: JB at June 10, 2014 6:40 PM