A Quick Shot


I’ve always felt that my relationship to the United States is analogous to a marriage. I love this country. I hate it. I get angry at it. I feel close to it. I’m charmed by it. I’m repelled by it. And it’s a marriage that’s gone on for let’s say at least 50 years of my writing life, and in the course of that, what’s happened? It’s gotten worse. It’s not what it used to be.

Norman Mailer, Interview 1998

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South Carolina has decided to uphold the Democratic senate primary results, and make Alvin Greene the Democratic parties senatorial candidate for that state.   The young man, as good a person as he may well be, has from where I stand, looked for all the world to be completely overwhelmed in his first interview on Countdown with Keith Olbermann last week.

But I watched that show today, and they made a simple and effective point.  Alvin Greene would be an improvement over Sen. Jim DeMint.  How? He might be an unemployed Vet who has had a hard time transitioning to private life, but he has at least this one thing in his favor.

Jim DeMint’s senate voting record.   Jim DeMint’s career of being in the tank for big business in direct resistance to the will of the people.  Jim DeMint being bought and paid by the financial and insurance industry.

Might not sound like much, but it is of such small things that strong campaigns are made of. More on the bunch of fun that is the Greene – DeMint race as it happens.

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We’ve got an agreeable, comfortable life here as Americans. But under it there’s a huge, free-floating anxiety. Our inner lives, our inner landscape is just like that sky out there — it’s full of smog. We really don’t know what we believe anymore, we’re nervous about everything.

Norman Mailer, Interview 1991

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Viddy of the day:  Madeleine Albright and John Danforth answering this question.  Does the world’s opinion of U.S. matter, in particular dealing with nuclear proliferation.

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Short article today.  More tomorrow.  G’night America!

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