Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ted Sorensen on Barack Obama

Ted's moving endorsement of Barack Obama perfectly expresses the resonance that so many of us feel with JFK and RFK and which has motivated those of us who came to political maturity with the election of JFK in 1960 to come back in to the political arena and so enthusiastically support Senator Obama in this election. I would add to the remarks of Ted Sorensen that the Obama campaign displays the kind of high level competence, skill and intelligence we have not seen in American presidential campaigns since those of JFK in 1960 and RFK in 1968.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Dorothy Parker Remembered

You Might as
Well Live

Dorothy Parker died on this day, June 7, in 1967. She was one of the wittiest, cleverest, quickest, wildest, hardest-drinking American writers of the 20th century. We have heard a lot about able and powerful women in this primary season. Dorothy was larger than life on the American literary and media scene in her own time, remembered especially for her leading role in the Algonquin Round Table, a witty circle of domineering and savage-tongued men hanging out regularly at the famous New York hotel. She more than held her own in that high-energy company.

It is always fun to read and re-read Dorothy Parker, so here are a few of my personal favorites:


Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania

Unfortunate Coincidence

By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying --
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.


Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful:
You might as well live.

A little-known but intriguing fact about Dorothy is that she left her estate (or at least a big part of it) to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Rich Nails Rove (and Bill)

My hat is off to Frank Rich who, in his column today, perfectly nailed Karl Rove and Bill Clinton:

Mr. Rove is to the McCain campaign what Bill Clinton was to the Hillary Clinton campaign: a ubiquitous albatross dispensing dubious, out-of-date political advice and constantly upstaging the candidate he ostensibly supports.