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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen, your leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

Indeed, here is what Senator George Allen of Virginia, who is considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said when asked his opinion of the Bernanke nomination.

"For what?"

Told that Mr. Bernanke was up for the Fed chairman's job, Mr. Allen hedged a little, said he had not been focused on it, and wondered aloud when the hearings would be. Told that the Senate Banking Committee hearings had concluded in November, the senator responded: "You mean I missed them all? I paid no attention to them."
Mr. McCain — who joked during a 2000 presidential debate that if Mr. Greenspan died, he would "prop him up and put a pair of dark glasses on him," in a repeat of a prank in the movie "Weekend at Bernie's" — said he did not know too much about Mr. Bernanke, but was comforted to know that Mr. Greenspan had a high opinion of him.

"It hasn't gotten a lot of attention," Senator McCain said, "but I think he'll be carefully scrutinized in his hearings, and the view that other people have of him will carry a lot of weight in the financial world, particularly Greenspan."

Mr. McCain was asked if he would be surprised to learn that the hearings were over. He paused, his eyes widening, before giving the verbal equivalent of a knock on the forehead: "You're right, you're right, you're right. Duuuuuh."

I know it's not their committee and all, and there have been a few other things occupying the chamber, but damn. Maybe it's because the Banking Committee hearing lasted only one day. Yep, I'm sure he'll be carefully scrutinized in those hearings. We know how seriously the Senate takes its constitutional duty to advise and consent.

Actually, we do know.

(Incidentally, you gotta love a reporter who can fit in a good "Duuuuuh.")

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  • At 10:02 PM, Blogger Stroll said…

    lol...Indeed, you gotta love the reporter. I'm listening right now, on and off, to the State of the Union adress and the whole thing sounds like one big bla bla bla *clap clap clap* duuuuuh.

    By the way, enjoy this blog, but something is wrong with yall's "feed". It turns everything into a super font-size link.

  • At 10:20 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Thanks. But I have NO idea what's causing that or what to do about it. What kind of browser are you using?

  • At 10:29 PM, Blogger Stroll said…

    Just didn't know if you were aware, though it's not really a big deal because on Blogspot it's fine. It happens in both Firefox and IE. It looks like you have an "img src" tag mixed in with your "title" tag in the HTML. I don't know if that's the problem though, really don't know anything about these kinds of things.

  • At 10:56 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Must be because we added the peacocks. We'll see what we can do. Thanks.

  • At 3:19 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    McCain has such good political instincts. Seriously, that's the kind of off the cuff self deprecating candor that is gonne take him really far in a couple years.

  • At 4:15 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Yep. Best hope for the Democrats is that Republican primary voters are too stupid and fanatical to vote for him. Course, then we have to actually beat George Allen or the equivalent.

    George Allen really is dumb as a stump, though. For some reason I keep reading that Republican party insiders think he's the front-runner, and I can't for a second understand why. He turns everything into a football metaphor.

  • At 4:26 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Dammit, I'm already developing lazy, mock-casual tics. I have to stop that.

  • At 4:55 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Wait, what do you mean by lazy, mock-casual tics? "Dumb as a stump"? It's perhaps not the freshest metaphor, but Allen demands it like a fat girl demands cake. Er.

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