Thursday, August 30, 2007

I'm always amazed at who blurbs what. Genre writers for example occasionally attract a nice review from a well-known literary writer. And a movie star will put his or her name on a novel occasionally. But nothing prepared me for picking up a battered old paperback by old-time pulp writer Frank Belknap Long and find it blurbed by...Eudora Welty! G'Amighty. You have to wonder how that came about.

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I'm beginning to feel sorry for Senator Craig. As I've said before I don't have the stomach for seeing some people publicly shamed and humiliated. Yes he was a hypocrite and yes there's a certain pleasure in seeing a would-be homphobe brought down this way. But I think of his family...there's no fun it for me. Hell I even felt sorry for Dick Nixon when he resigned (or at Eisenhower allegedly said when an aide suggested Nixon as his running mate: "Nick Dixon? Who the hell is that?") When he started talking to his dead parents there on the dais as he gave his resignation speech...I had tears rolling down my cheeks. As my cousin said, "The prick won't even let you hate him right." This sympathy doesn't extend to any of the the Bushies. No tears for Craig, either. But I do think it's amazing that the GOP blocked congressional investigations into Mark Foley and Tom DeLay (!) and went after Craig immediately.

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While Craig actually plead guilty, Richard Jewell was condemned even though he hadn't done anything at all...

Buried in all the Craig news coverage was the fact that a true victim died. Richard Jewell struck me as one of the saddest and most forlorn of God's creatures. Most of us have known Richard Jewells in our lives and in my case the two or three I knew were good people. It just never went together for them somehow. You couldn't look at that face of Jewell's without knowing how lucky you'd been in your life--and how unlucky his lot had been. So long, Richard.

3 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Well, Craig had the bad timing to get caught after the GOP folks had to admit to themselves that this hand had turned against them. Now let's see if the Democrats can do anything worth doing with this opportunity (not holding my breath, but they can't do worse).

Meanwhile, Jewell even verged on being a hero, even if he was just doing his job, then was apparently seriously wronged.
Sometimes, that's what one gets... Dead at a youngish age. Woolrich would've sympathized, I think.

Anonymous said...

I have not seen persuasive evidence that he is guilty of anything. He may well be, but so far, at least, what has been put before the public is dubious evidence and highly questionable. It would be wise for all the hangmen to wait and see if there's any real reason to hang the senator. I have little sympathy for him; his ideology is not mine, but I do care about justice and I don't like lynchings.

Richard Wheeler

Todd Mason said...

I should clarify...the Democrats' opportunity is not yet another self-hating homosexual, if Craig is such as he appears to be, but the general discontent with the plutocratic self-enriching of our current admin.