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October 30, 2007
POLITICS: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Michael Gerson

Remember the scene in Wedding Crashers where Owen Wilson tells a woman he's trying to seduce, "You know how they say we only use 10 percent of our brains? I think we only use 10 percent of our hearts"?

Read everything Michael Gerson says to yourself in Wilson's voice and imagine he's saying it to get a girl in bed. It makes so much more sense that way.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:08 PM | Politics 2007 | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Perfect analogy in that Owen Wilson and Wedding Crashers would be about your speed.

Posted by: Jaibones at October 30, 2007 11:34 PM

Comment #1

Huh?

I think the point being made is that Gerson is putting himself out there as bravely, lonely fighting to be the compassionate one in the midst of the all the hateful ideologues in the W administration.

Or at least I'm 99% sure that's how it'll be spun on the Daily Show.

Posted by: RDub at October 30, 2007 11:43 PM

"It makes so much more sense that way."
So does much of what Evangelicals say - it's got the same tone and pacing.

"Or at least I'm 99% sure that's how it'll be spun on the Daily Show."
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=127598

Yeah... Not exactly..

He's gone against the family - ah, poor Fredo - it'll be a long way out.

Posted by: Dave at October 31, 2007 4:08 AM

Gerson is putting himself out there as bravely, lonely fighting to be the compassionate one in the midst of the all the hateful ideologues in the W administration

Yeah. And in typical 21st Century Republican style, Crank makes fun of him for this unmanly show of emotion.

Posted by: Mike at October 31, 2007 7:24 AM

I think Mr. Gerson is drinking the kool-aid...just the wrong flavor. I am not sure what he is referring to when he says if the Republicans are mean and anti-government they will lose. There is nothing mean about being anti BIG government. If we are NOT anti big government we will lose and we will deserve it.

Posted by: maddirishman at October 31, 2007 10:59 AM

And Gerson thought what he said was supposed to make Cheney look bad?

Posted by: paul zummo at October 31, 2007 11:20 AM

It's not every day we conservatives get a chance to starve some old people.

Posted by: spongeworthy at October 31, 2007 12:04 PM

I love that he was uncomfortable with the vulgarity. That is such a thing to say to the ladies.

Being mean and anti-government has worked in the past and will work in the future. It just might not work in 2008. If the Dems win the WH in 08, mean and anti-government is the only way to win in 2012.

Gerson is doing the old, "your friends are jerks, but you're nice," routine with his potential audience.

Sucka be tryin to sell books.

Posted by: Zufall at October 31, 2007 2:08 PM

Mike - Gerson is setting up a morality play with himself as the good guy and conservatives as the bad guys, a storyline the media eats up. We've seen before where this leads - Andrew Sullivan, David Brock, Arianna Huffington, Kevin Phillips (who the media are still labeling as a "Republican strategist" when the man has done nothing but bash Republicans for three decades).

I just prefer to get our cards on the table up front.

Posted by: The Crank at November 1, 2007 9:22 AM
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