Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Hologram of Dorian Gray

Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, thus affording us the delicious irony of seeing before-and-after, three-dimensional pictures of the same model of inept chief executive. On the one hand, the current candidate, bold, confidant, undaunted by his lack of experience; on the other, the embittered, unstable ex-president, who also arrived at the White House with the clueless amateur’s do-it-yourself attitude and unfounded optimism, the painful consequences of which still linger in the national memory as a sort of tragicomic coda to the decade of the 1970’s.

I wonder what Carter will say and do? I imagine his speech will be vetted by less fevered brains, but how can the party bosses make sure that he’ll stick to the script? What if he dons a keffiyeh? Will stagehands be standing by with a hook? Will Obama be compelled to use some portion of his own speech for the purpose of wedging Carter under the bus of misfit supporters? This may well be the only speech at the convention I watch; it is sure to be of interest, if only to spot the horrified dawning of understanding on the faces of at least some of the members of the audience, the traumatic discovery of two peas in a pod.

When the executive has no experience, the key question becomes, "who will he listen to?"

"Ok, Jimmy, here's what you do. Load the bases and then strike three guys out. You'll be a freakin' hero!"


the_real_jeffs said...

Maybe the networks will experience "transmission difficulties" whilst Jimmah is droning on and on.

Anonymous said...

"Transmission difficulties" will show that the MSM is well and truly in the tank for Obama!


RebeccaH said...

As horrid as this sounds (but let us all remember, RebeccaH could probably outdo Tim Blair's Andrea for horrid), these two scrofulous relics of a bygone era are not long for this world. And the world will be a better place when they're gone.

the_real_jeffs said...

Rebecca, I won't cheer when they finally die, but I won't mourn either.

Paco said...

RJ and Rebecca: How about if we cheerfully mourn?

the_real_jeffs said...

I can do that, paco! Why, I might even drink a beer to his passing!

And that wouldn't be celebrating, but simply a toast to the worm food that he would soon be.