01 May 2008

To bear (bad analogies) with unbearable sorrow

It takes oh so little skill or knowledge to write an op-ed for the Times, or get on the editorial board. At least that's sure how it seems. In today's NYT, Gail Collins has a rambling (not a good adjective for a short piece) editorial about (mostly) the Democratic race, the candidates, and the impact of men close to them - Bill and Jeremiah Wright.

She closes with this:

We’re down to a race between the candidate who claims he will make the political process better but has yet to demonstrate exactly how that works, and the woman who claims she’s the only one who’s powerful enough to take on the Republican forces of darkness. Don Quixote vs. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Both accompanied by their lieutenants — the men who think it’s all about them.
I'm always impressed when someone can show ignorance about pop culture at the same time as ignorance about "high" culture. Neither Sancho Panza nor pick one - Rupert Giles, Xander Harris, Angel, Spike, Riley Finn - was self-serving. Those are all perfect examples of loyal squires, ready to lay down their lives at a moment's notice for their leader.

Not sure with what she was too busy to read Don Quixote while in college. It certainly wasn't mastering essay writing.


2old4this said...

As much as I dislike the NYT for political reasons, and giggle at their current financial woes, I do find it sad that a paper once so distinguished has fallen so far.

Of course, I can't write worth a crap either.