Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pierce Arrow

Charles P. Pierce, author of Idiot America and often heard on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, is now blogging at Esquire’s Politics blog. He does not mince words.

It is not possible to run for president as a Republican these days without at some level having to become a parody of yourself. Running within a radicalized, self-contained universe with its own private, physical laws and its own private history, with its own vocabulary and syntax that has to be learned from scratch almost daily, requires an ongoing manic re-invention that can do nothing but make the candidate look ridiculous to people outside that universe.

This is how we get Mitt Romney, with his $290 million, telling an audience that he doesn’t “try to define who is rich and who is not rich.” (Here’s a hint, Mitt. You’re rich. You’re filthy, stinking rich. You reek of money. You belong on a card in a Monopoly set, okay? Buy a damn monocle already.)

Why yes, I am on their blogroll. Nice of you to notice.