Noilly Prattle: The Crashing Sound of Silence

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Crashing Sound of Silence

Bill Clinton convention speech

Romney acceptance speech

The conspicuousness of absence!

Where was their ex-president?

The Republicans seem to be ashamed of their past presidents. I wonder why? Except, of course, for the ghost of a B-movie actor who co-starred with an ape in his most memorable film.

OK. Romney [above link] looks and acts like a marionette. Wooden. Quite a few nips and tucks Clinton [also above link] still knows how to work a crowd. Folksy. He looks like you hope you will at his age. The man's a policy wonk with charisma. Although a little exaggerated here and there, his assertions could probably pass the fact checker test with a reasonably good grade. In spite of a couple of doozies about a certain past sexual indiscretion! But, hey, we all make mistakes, right? At least he's not "not letting the fact checkers interfere" with the content of the ad campaign.

The moral of this story is that it's good to have an all too human but charismatic ex-president in your corner.

So, where is theirs?


Anonymous said...

Joe, Did you see that I posted this hilarious bit?? It is so bizarre what is happening in the GOP, isn't it?

Noilly Prattle said...


Yes, I did. It was in the back of my mind when other commentators noticed the absence also. That galvanized my interest. So when Clinton was proudly displayed at the DNC the contrast became glaring and I decided to post.

I'm not really a partisan. I tend to look at the merits. But, you're right, the GOP has swung so far to the right that it makes W look liberal. That's saying a lot!

The contrast in audience participation between the white bread GOP and cultural diversity of the DEM conventions was fascinating for what it shows about an America in enormous transition. Don'tcha think?

Anonymous said...

as I read your article on present politics in Japan, I am thinking, that political entities are enormous amorphous blobs.

Of course, it could be that I am up too early!