Tuesday, September 23, 2008

All Show, No Substance

Just a few quotes to remind you why, at least in part, the world is the way it is:

• From Sarah Palin, re: whether or not she watched the hilarious SNL sendup of a joint press conference with Hilary Clinton: I watched " — but only with the volume turned off. I thought it was hilarious. I thought she was spot on. Didn't hear a word she said, but the visual, spot on." Isn't that just so Republican? Don't listen to what you don't want to hear, and only comment on half the story. Further proof that how a thing looks is far more important than any actual substance.

• From Matthey Glazier, a co-owner of a pricey steak house that sits above Planet Hollywood's casino in Las Vegas, re: the expectations of his business now that it has been open a year: "People know when they come to Vegas they are going to spend a little more than they can afford." Gee...I wonder why we're in such a financial shitstorm with attitudes like this roaming around? It doesn't take much extrapolation - and certainly not of the slippery-slope variety - to see this put into practice with all sorts of buying sprees: houses that are more than you can afford, sputes that are more than you can afford, big-screen plasma TVs that are more than you can afford...

• from McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers, re: hitting below the political belt: "Barack Obama has brought the sleazy gutter politics of Chicago to our national stage, exposing his call for a 'new politics' as a lie and embarrassing even his own running mate with the low road campaign he's running." This, when Obama is accused by his own backers (and most so-called "independent" political wonks) of not hitting back hard enough? Again: we say we want one thing - a civil tone in the campaign - but when it comes right down to it, we'd really rather slow down and watch a horrible crash happen right in front of our eyes.


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