The Eclectic One

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Giggle for the day

Posted by Bill Nance on September 2, 2008

I just read Richard Cohen’s new piece in the Washington Post, and I heartily recommend it to anyone who needs a chuckle.

The juice:

One of the great sights of American political life — a YouTube moment if ever there was one — was to see the doughboy face of Newt Gingrich as he extolled the virtues of Sarah Palin, a sitcom of a vice presidential choice and a disaster movie if she moves up to the presidency: “She’s the first journalist ever to be nominated, I think, for the president or vice president, and she was a sportscaster on local television,” Gingrich said on the “Today” show. “So she has a lot of interesting background. And she has a lot of experience. Remember that, when people worry about how inexperienced she is, for two years she’s been in charge of the Alaska National Guard.”

It’s a pity Gingrich was not around when the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known by his nickname Caligula, reputedly named Incitatus as a consul and a priest. Incitatus was his horse.

It just gets better from there. By all means it’s worth the read.

hat tip – Mark Kleiman, The Reality-Based Community

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