Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Camille: Shush!

by Smitty

Camille Paglia is letting too much cat out of the barn:
Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama's first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection.
Not at all, Camille! Just let the nitwits keep digging.
President Obama -- in whom I still have great hope and confidence -- has been ill-served by his advisers and staff. Yes, they have all been blindsided and overwhelmed by the crushing demands of the presidency. But I continue to believe in citizen presidents, who must learn by doing, even in a perilous age of terrorism.
Great hope and confidence? Based upon what? His book sales? His campaign-fu? Call me a balding old squid, but the POTUS eats whatever the staff serves, just as the captain of the ship does when she's hard aground. Credit and blame are flip sides of the Coin of Office, Camille.
And I'm sick of people impugning Rush's wealth and lifestyle, which is no different from that of another virtuoso broadcaster who hit it big -- Oprah Winfrey.
And this is why I love to read you, lady: I may not agree with you all the time, but your calls-it-like-you-sees-it is so refreshing...
President Obama should yank the reins and get his staff's noses out of slash-and-burn petty politics.
...but your research into the good POTUS's brass-knuckle approach to election-fu, not so much.

Exit question:Camille, Rule 5? Hey, if you're that squid who's been hard aground for a while, you understand the meaning of Who is pleased easily is pleased often. I'd certainly buy the lady a cup o' joe.

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  1. Dang, Smitty. Having two psychobilly stream-of-consciousness bloggers throwing down the allusion-ridden metanarratives might be too much. People might start calling us "intellectual" or some such insult.

    Also: Smooth move pitching the cup-o'-joe Rule 5 flirtation at the out-front lesbian. I did the same thing with Brad Pitt and Cynthia Yockey. Mrs. Smitty can't object if it's a no-hope shot, right?

  2. Machiavelli was right:

    "THE choice of servants is of no little importance to a prince, and they are good or not according to the discrimination of the prince. And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise, because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them faithful. But when they are otherwise one cannot form a good opinion of him, for the prime error which he made was in choosing them."

    Paglia sees it, how long before everybody else does?

  3. @RSM,
    See, now, I always like playing the coy hand. At face value, I've offered to buy a cup of coffee. Warm, friendly, doctor-uppable past the point of bitterness.
    The whole experience need never go past what would pass muster in all but sharia circles.

  4. @thirteen28
    Paglia sees it, how long before everybody else does?
    Thirteen weeks and twenty-eight hours, give or take about nine months.