Letterman skewers McCain

Posted on: September 25, 2008

Do not piss off a clown.

John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, cancelled a guest appearance on the David Letterman show at the last minute. I could go on, but it’s more fun if you watched.

A lecturer I listened to had this thought. In ancient Greece a philosopher was getting a lot of students and handed someone a clay clipboard with some parchament and said, “Take the names.” Two millennia later the descendants of that one guy with the ancient clipboard are now the top-heavy city of academia’s bureaucrats, governing the instructors and every damn move they make. The appointed temporary secretary to the ancient instructor evolved into the instructor’s ruler.

The same can be said for America’s clowns. With an audience of millions each night, the smirks and one-liners can make or break a reputation. The television shows of America’s clowns can, and have, launched political campaigns, or made campaigns a laughing stock. How did the clowns go from juggling for the king to cheer him up while avoiding getting their heads cut off to being so powerful that the court jester outranks the king? Today’s American court jester is fully capable, for entertainment and editorial comment for millions at a time, of putting a fork up the king’s ass to see if he’s roasted enough.

Only in America.


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