Wednesday, February 07, 2007

A Question.

Consider that Rod highlighted an article that argues for "why we need a William Jennings Bryan figure in America today." Consider how often Rod has written about populism, including a post in which he entertains the notion that we are "on the verge of a populist revival." Consider that, as early as June of last year, Rod had kind words to say about the clearly over-hyped Barack Obama. (As we noted earlier, Rod missed the secular undertones to Obama's supposedly pro-religion speech, perhaps because he relied on a news account rather than the text of the actual speech.) And consider how Rod writes about John Edwards in a post about the upcoming presidential race:
I think he'll be the nominee, and his running mate will be either Iowa governor Tom Vilsack or Democratic vice-presidential also-ran John Edwards, whose populist message will be much more appealing in 2008. [emphasis mine]
Now that Rod has written that he'll be referring to Edwards as "the Kingfish, I ask you:

Does he mean that to be an insult or a compliment?

He wouldn't be the first to compare Edwards to Huey Long, but Michael Knox Beran at NRO didn't mean it as a compliment, and I struggle to believe that, in the twenty-first century, even a politically confused "working boy" from Louisiana would let his infatuation with populism take him so far as to actually make a positive comparison between Long and a modern-day politician -- to say nothing of a self-described conservative doing exactly that. (Wasn't Long an explicit socialist? Wouldn't Rod's love of the small and local preclude using his name as a compliment?) If for no other reason, the comparison isn't shrewd because I believe Huey Long is too closely associated with demagoguery and corruption.

But that's precisely where the evidence leads. This is by no means anything close to being the most ridiculous thing he's ever broadcast, but it's certainly odd.


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8:53 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

LOL! I wish I had a blog, so I could do combox spam, too.

Wait! I do have a blog!! I just don't post at it ever. Oh well.

Can I sell y'all a Hanes T-shirt?

9:40 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

BTW, Pauli. By linking to your blog, you've let the cat out of the bag. Rod (who we know reads this blog) will now know about The Pledge. :) :) LOL!

As long as we're off-topic (and I promise to get back to smarmy Edwards later)'s a hoot of an article, which the rest of the media apparently find newsworthy but which Rod probably won't (seeing as it doesn't allow him to portray Catholicism in a bad light, even if he twists it into a pretzel):,,2003096,00.html

I loved the ref to the Orthodox hierarchs' usual animus toward (among others) Catholics and Jews.

'Nuff said. Gotta run to a meeting.


10:08 AM  
Blogger Bubba said...

If I may ask, am I wrong to believe that Rod intends "Kingfish" to be a compliment?

11:11 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Hey, he's from Louisiana. He just may mean it as a compliment. :)

Back when he was a snot-nosed youth at the Louisiana School (that place where I chaperoned his prom...'member?), the La. governor was one Edwin Edwards, who (as you may recall) was a smarmy crook in the grand Huey Long tradition. An awful lot of Louisianans idolized Edwin Edwards. It was amazing. It was almost as if they admired him for being such a rascal--kind of the Bandit Mystique or something.

Y'all may remember how Edwin Edwards got indicted for racketeering..? The defense managed to stack the jury with really, really dumb people (Edwards loyalists), who didn't really understand the (admittedly complex) issues. When they got Edwards off, the ragin' Cajuns loved it. I-yi-yi.

Eventually even Louisianans got fed up with Edwards, though. But still, the Louisianan tolerance for political smarminess, crookedness, and corruption is pretty legendary. And boy, do Louisianans care passionately about their politics, including local polittics. It makes for very interesting cocktail-party conversations.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

The "he" in the sentence begining "Back when he" is Rod, of course.

I didn't want anyone to get the impression that I had chaperoned Edwin Edwards' prom. I'm not that old.

Oy! Pronouns!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Pauli said...

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7:11 AM  
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3:45 PM  

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