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A parable for our time

Riding in the car this afternoon, my son was futzing with a McCain sign he and I had picked up at a rally in the morning. (More about that in a moment.) He was, so to speak, "distressing" the sign.

My daughter says: "The sign looks old and worn now."

My son’s response: "No, it’s experienced."

As for the rally, for the Republican slate in Georgia, the best responses were reserved for radio talker Herman Cain, John McCain (who spoke by telephone), and Sarah Palin (of course), not necessarily in that order.

We also saw a new Saxby Chambliss ad, featuring his nonagenarian mother. What is it about Republicans and their nonagenarian moms, all of whom seem to be pistols?

Update: It’s as if the AJC headline writer knew I was there.

Discussions - 4 Comments

"Futzing" is one of my favorite descriptive terms for what boys do. I wonder where that word came from? I picture your McCain yard sign looking (to everyone but your neighbors, who might know the truth) as if you have been in favor of McCain since before the flood. That is a very good boy.

Indoctrinating the little ones, I see.

If there were a comparable opportunity to see leading Georgia Democrats (and I'm working to bring some to campus this fall), I'd want my son to see them too. Of course, I'm not convinced that any young adolescent actually "thinks for himself" in political matters. We have conversations. He asks questions. I answer them and ask questions back.

Kate,

The yard sign is actually in good shape. The piece of cardboard that's "experienced" is a placard meant to be waved over one's head at a rally, indicating wild enthusiasm to the television cameras.

I see that "Former Ohio Republican" is working hard as usual to make you wonder, " Was this guy ever a Republican?".

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