Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Howard Dean Knows Less Than Charwomen

When I read someone like Howard Dean maintaining we won't win the war in Iraq and Moveon.org maintaining we have already lost it, I am reminded of the charwomen discussing the First World War so knowledgeably in this little section of Sir James Barrie's The Old Lady Shows Her Medals.

Barrie, better known for Peter Pan, is a master of poignancy, and captures female characters remarkably well for a man who got along rather distantly with them in real life.

Dean, better known for vocal theatrics in Iowa, is a master of buffoonery, and captures reflexive fuzzy liberalism well for a man who kept rather distant from it when he was Governor of Vermont.

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