May 1, 2004


Taking the GOP Bait, Hook, Line and Stinker (Tina Brown, April 29, 2004, Washington Post)

There was a surreal moment at a serious Manhattan dinner party Tuesday night when 12 power players who had all been talking at once about the mess in Iraq suddenly fell silent to listen to the waiter. He dove in shortly after he had served the coconut cake with lemon dessert -- perhaps to give moral support to the only Republican present, who was beginning to flag. Or perhaps he just thought it might be helpful for the guests to hear from one of the Ordinary Americans whose unhappiness with the status quo they are in the habit of earnestly invoking.

"I'm from the suburbs," he announced, "and I'm voting for Bush."

All eyes turned to him. "It might seem odd that a savvy New Yorker like me is voting for a guy in a cowboy hat," he went on, as he recklessly doled out ice cream to a network anchor, "but what we want is stability. This Kerry guy -- he's all over the place."

Huh? Stability? What about all the mayhem in Iraq?

If all humor weren't conservative one would be tempted to think this a sublime self-parody. George Bush is the most destabilizing force to come down the pike since Ronald Reagan, but like Reagan he is eminently stable.

N.B.: Here's another choice bit from the essay:

In the past 10 days, Democrats in New York have been distracted for the first time from focusing their wrath on Bush to dumping it on Kerry. Even among heavy donors there has been a wave of buyer's remorse.

"You don't have to fall in love," Hillary Rodham Clinton reportedly reproved a top Democratic fundraiser who was recently moaning about Kerry's lackluster performance as a candidate. "You just have to fall in line."

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2004 8:41 AM

Hillary: spoken like a true elite master. When will some prominent Democrat (other than Susan Estrich) tell her to go back to Arkansas?

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 1, 2004 9:23 AM

I assume Hillary's comment was based on her marriage arrangement with the former president...

Posted by: John at May 1, 2004 10:01 AM

Ohh, man! Picture this in a new GOP commercial:

"Why does liberal senator Hillary Clinton think you should vote for liberal senator John Kerry?

'You just have to fall in line.'"

Posted by: Timothy at May 1, 2004 3:11 PM

About the only worthwhile thing the tiresome Wonkette does is to fisk the even more tiresome Tina Brown every Thursday.

Posted by: Joe at May 1, 2004 7:04 PM

Hillary Clinton: Democratic bouncer extraordinaire. If only she could have enforced her husband.

Posted by: ratbert at May 2, 2004 9:43 AM

I'm betting the "only Republican present" wasn't the TV anchor who was served the ice cream.

Posted by: AC at May 2, 2004 5:44 PM