Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Two Thoughts

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Arizona GOP Chairman Randy Pullen says the party base is incensed over a U.S. Senate compromise bill, drafted in part by Sen. Jon Kyl, according to the Arizona Daily Star:

"We have people coming in every day, tearing up their registration cards and throwing them on the floor, or coming in and changing their registration from Republican to independent," said party Chairman Randy Pullen during a press conference at the state headquarters in Phoenix.

Pullen held up what he called a "graphic" representation of how Republicans feel. It was a drawing of a hand with the middle finger pointing up and highlighted.

"This is basically the outlook that many of our party faithful are feeling right now about the Republican Party," he said.

First, if that's Pullen's idea of a "graphic" representation, then maybe he shouldn't leave home after dark anymore. Graphic to me is more akin to a lifelike illustration of someone spewing forth chunky vomit. (Wouldn't that have made a more memorable representation of how Republicans feel? They're "sick to their stomachs" over this immigration bill, Pullen could have said. Ha ha.) A drawing of a hand flipping the bird? Please, girl--I see that kind of stuff bandied about on the drive to work.

Second, reporter Daniel Scarpinato's tasteful choice of language reminded me of an article in The New York Times on Rosie O'Donnell's departure from The View, in which Donald Trump described how Rosie finally sent him over the edge:

He contended that “the straw that broke the camel’s back” was Ms. O’Donnell’s performance at the Waldorf-Astoria luncheon on Monday, where she was said to have grabbed her crotch when uttering Mr. Trump’s name and to have invited him to perform a sex act on her; also attending were Ms. Walters, Meredith Vieira, Cindy Adams and Rupert Murdoch.

My roommate and I had a brief discussion about how funny it would have been if Rosie had actually grabbed her crotch and said, "Donald, I invite you to perform a sex act on me." Thank God for alt-weeklies. It's nice being able to read the unsanitized versions of what people actually said.

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