Quote of the week

Things may get better, but it’s entirely possible that they’ll get worse first, in which case Roberta X was right all along:

Water runs downhill and the two big parties sweat over diverting it a few degrees to the left or right, both hotly denying it’ll ever reach bottom. They’re dreaming but the nightmare will be ours. No Congressman will miss a meal, no bureaucrat, nobody in the Executive or Judicial branches is gonna have to choose between the gas bill and the electric bill. I strongly suspect for the rest of us, if that’s as bad as it ever gets, that’ll be a good outcome.

Way back in Vent #63, in the summer of ’97, I opined about those same parties and how they managed to get control of the dialogue:

[F]arther down in the subtext is the notion that those two particular parties somehow manage to subsume the whole of American political belief; you got your Democrats, you got your Republicans, and what’s left isn’t worth a bucket of John Nance Garner’s bodily fluids.

Garner famously described the Vice Presidency as “not worth a bucket of warm spit,” only he didn’t say “spit.”


  1. Dick Stanley »

    3 June 2011 · 2:54 pm

    He didn’t say spit? Well, I’ll be durned.

  2. Charles Pergiel »

    3 June 2011 · 8:03 pm

    It’s war, and you’re either with us or agin us. Better make up your mind, pilgrim.

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