Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Eyewitness report from Bizarro World!

The New Yorker provides THE WILDERNESS CAMPAIGN: Al Gore lives on a street in Nashville - you have to read the whole thing to get the full flavor but here are some snippets:
And yet the Bush ideology is tinged with religious belief, I said. Not everything comes with a price tag attached.

Gore’s mouth tightened. A Southern Baptist, he, too, had declared himself born again, but he clearly had disdain for Bush’s public kind of faith. “It’s a particular kind of religiosity,” he said. “It’s the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim.
Hmmm, no Southern Baptists have ever dropped an airplane on me or mine. Haven't even threatened to.
Recently, Tipper had bought three designer flyswatters and wanted to show them off.


“You can catch them with your hand, Al, but check these out.”

Tipper produced three extraordinarily artful flyswatters and laid them out on the dining-room table.

“Hey, Christine,” Gore said, “how do I call up Bob’s paintings on the Internet? I want to show . . .”

Christine, a woman far less theatrical than her husband, told him.

Gore typed in the correct URL and the right thing happened. He had not looked so delighted all day.
Some things you just can't make up and the thought of pudgy Al sitting around the mansion catching flies with his hand instead of using Tipper's designer flyswatters has to be one of them. But I'm glad to see he is delighted with his invention.