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Much Ado About Something

19 Feb

I don’t often blog about political topics — for good reason — but I just wanted to express how annoyed Meet the Press was making me this morning. All week I was simultaneously laughing at the Dick Cheney story (tuning into The Daily Show every night), and bristling at how easily Cheney was getting away with it. And this morning, on MTP, it just seemed to typify everything I hate about the Bush Administration and its handling of the situation.

First Mary Matalin said that Cheney took his time to comment because he wanted to sort out the confusion. Excuse me? He shot someone. That’s black and white. And his silence only fueled the confusion. Then Matalin called the whole thing “much ado about nothing,” a point she repeated time and again. Is she kidding? The vice president shot someone. Sure, maybe in the grand scheme of things it only affected the victim and the vice president and their families, but when you’re the second in command, that’s not “nothing.”

NBC News Chief White House Correspondent David Gregory, who was sitting next to Matalin (and who had gotten into verbal sparring matches with White House press secretary Scott McClellan earlier in the week), questioned her about how Cheney had an obligation to disclose this to the people — a point that was supported by a Time magazine poll showing 65% of Americans thought he should have taken immediate responsibility. Matalin’s response? “It strikes you as odd because you live in a parallel universe. It did not strike Americans as odd.” Huh?

Columnist Maureen Dowd was also on the show, and yes, she’s a staunch liberal and no fan of Bush, but she pointed out that not only did Cheney shoot his friend, but he also blamed his friend for being shot. Matalin didn’t even acknowledge this. And then Paul Gigot, of The Wall Street Journal had the gall to say, “You know, sometimes people make mistakes, human mistakes. And this is one of those cases where I think we ought to treat it in human terms.” Dude, the vice president shot someone!!! When you’re the vice president, you can’t just call that “a mistake.” Thankfully, this was Dowd’s reponse: “I think reporters would have had a lot of empathy for the vice president if he hadn’t sent people out for four days to blame the victim…. I’ve learned a lot about hunting this week. And the thing I’ve learned is that the shooter bears total responsibility for where everyone in the party is before he shoots, and they shoot abreast, not while someone’s fetching a duck. So for him to send all these people out to blame this guy for so many days was not appropriate.”

Near the end of the segment, Gregory made the point I wanted someone to make, which was: what would the Republican response have been had it been Al Gore who had done this? I for one know that they would have come out with guns a-blazin’ (pun intended). Suffice it to say, neither Matalin or Gigot gave that a straight answer. Instead, they took the opportunity to point out that Gore was in Saudi Arabia this week making false statements about the Bush administration, which, they seemed to imply, was a worse offense than shooting someone. (And the fact that Hillary Clinton was also critical this week gave Matalin the chance to take a cheap shot at her too.)

It just drives me crazy how Republicans use this overconfident, haughty, privileged, out-of-touch, insulting, do-no-wrong, “who, me?” and I dare say in the case of Matalin, downright bitchy style, to evade situations like this. Matalin and Gigot repeated numerous times that it wasn’t even a story, and that the press should have been concentrating on things that mattered. “Let’s distinguish political events of no consequence to the nation from those that are,” Matalin said at the end. If Cheney had misspoken or done something harmless, that’d be one thing. But he shot a man, which led to him having a heart attack, and the administration acted like it was no big deal. To me, and to many others, this was a big deal.

As I said at the start, there’s a good reason why I don’t often write about political topics on my blog, but this just bothered me. It’s times like these that I’m reminded why I support Democrats. These people make me sick.

Art is Art is Art … I Guess

19 Feb

There’s a truly weird photo gallery of the year’s “Great Performers” in today’s New York Times Magazine. It’s a bit disarming because this time of year, we’re so used to seeing actors and actresses photographed in what can only be called Glamour Shots, or at least ones that portray them “working.” But the photographers here are going for some bizarre looks, using body paint and other effects to create what can only be called “artsy fartsy shots.” Not sure I like many of these (Charlize Theron excepted), but they’re worth a look because they’re so startling and different.

Where Are All the Small Men?

19 Feb

The real problem with the liquidation sale at Filene’s isn’t the fact that the “sale” prices in some cases have been higher than normal sale prices were before the liquidation started. Nor is it the picked-over selection of remainders. It’s the fact that all the small men in New England seem to be unaware it’s taking place. That’s the only realistic explanation I can think of to explain why everything I went to buy yesterday in Burlington and today in Downtown Crossing was unavailable in my size (XL). On the other hand, there was plenty of clothes available in S and M. It made two shopping excursions rather unproductive.

Unless, of course, the small men are smarter than I am, and they know they are in the minority, so they can wait to shop at Filene’s until the prices go down even lower. After all, right now the sale is only 30-50% off. Next week it’ll likely be 40-60% off. It must be nice to wear a less common size of clothing.