Now that the international horrorshow known as the Olympics are finally over, may I have my newspapers back? Olympics-related non-news items have even leaked out of the sports section where they’re easily ignored to the front page, exacerbating the stench of hollow nationalism, and showcasing the next generation of photogenic millionaire hucksters. “We train for life and perform for god, our country, and the promise of unfathomable riches pitching products and services our agents arrange for us!”
Great stuff. Forced to choose, I’d watch professional wrestling.
The other great news over the weekend concerns Mittney’s selection of a running mate. But let’s not get too comfortable with this. It’s only Monday, and the candidate’s reputation for reversing his core beliefs suggests the possibility of a switcheroo should the winds change or the water rise. As one wag noted, the only public figure who has assumed more positions over the years than Romney is Jenna Jameson. Heh. Had he named her to the ticket, flip-flopping would become a desirable trademark.
I tripped across this nifty little factoid over the weekend:
Members of the House of Representatives have only occasionally been selected as running mates. The last one on a winning ticket was John Nance Garner, the speaker of the House, in 1932. The last time an ordinary member of the House was elected vice president, and the last Republican, was more than 100 years ago: in 1908, when William Howard Taft and James S. Sherman, a New York congressman, were chosen by voters. (Coincidentally, that fall was also the last time that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.) — NYTimes
The odds makers can have fun with that one, and certainly the chattering classes will have months of material like this with which to bombard us. But for my money, the reference to the last Cubs’ World Series victory is a bulls eye painted on the heart of the beast that is the hope of the party.
So I guess it’s safe for Floridians to vote for Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party this fall.