Friday, March 23rd, 2007 http://adamkhan.net/parries/all-my-web-celebrities
oday’s main bit of writing seems to be by Dean Barnett, co-blogger to the rather accomlished Hugh Hewitt, speaking to Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer. Barnett has cystic fibrosis so can relate to a tough disease. The money quote:
I think I may know some of what the Edwards are feeling. They’ve been running for the White House for seven years now. And make no mistake – as Hugh points out in his book, running for president is a family affair. It’s more than a dream and an ambition for them. It’s a big part of what defines their lives.
So they walked out of that doctor’s office refusing to let her disease take their lives away. Some people are calling their decision courageous; others find it puzzling. Having been in a situation analogous to theirs, I think I have some understanding and I know I have some sympathy. They’re working through all of this. Their first instinct is not to surrender. That’s good, and it’s what you would have expected. People who seek the presidency aren’t the types who give up or even compromise easily.
James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal blockquoted much of it and Hewitt read the whole thing aloud; “Just about perfect pitch,” Hewitt says. “You can’t stop being who you are,” he writes, speaking from personal experience, as many members of his own family have had cancer. “Don’t blame Edwards from continuing to campaign; it’s what he does.” I’m surprised, actually, at Hewitt’s positive reaction, as he doesn’t like Edwards. But though he can come across as a bludgeon, Hewit is a subtle guy really; you can’t be as smart and well-honed as he is without being subtle.
He’s saying he watched the Clintons on TV the previous night and Bill is all gaunt and papery and Hillary is God-awful. I wrote that last week; there’s no way she’s going to get the nomination. The moment people stop and imagine life with her as president they’ll say, nice idea, a woman, but not this one, not this time, not yet. She can’t win, Hewitt argues, because she’s so awful on television. His guest Mark Steyn meanwhile argues that Bill is always on, sincerely phony, but Hillary is not like that, though she did become almost charming after months of practice while campaigning for her Senate seat.
Just watched Merlin Mann interview John Vanderslice wherein Merlin says he’s 40. I was wondering. There’s something 27 about him as well. What’s he been doing all these years I wonder.
All my web celebrities. Mark Steyn is on still. Well not really, as I’m listening to The Hugh Hewitt Show as a podcast via iTunes. They’re discussing Al Gore. “Sanctimonious… Humbug. Hypocrite… Just the glow from his self-satisfaction must be contributing to global warming.” Hewitt: “Marvelously entertaining.” (Gore, not Steyn’s description of him, which is entertaining but not quite marvelously.)
I’m pleased that my off-the-cuff response to the Edwards announcement a couple of days ago was pretty much on the ball with these more careful, public and smart thinkers. So you can rely on me, you see?
I’m fishing around for directions to take Parries. You can’t really get too personal in a blog can you? The purpose is to be able to relate things that happened to you during the day that resonate universally. Another purpose is personal, for me to have a record of some kind of all the days, weeks, months, years that pass. A chronicle for me of my daily life. The trick is to integrate the immediate and personal with the general and universal. In a word, Fridgeblogging (more), as Lileks coined it.
My uncle was on television today reading the statement on the second story of the day, the cricketer’s murder in Jamaica.