Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bulwer-Lytton Writing Contest

National Review has a stable of writers who keep me sane. Mixed in with criticism, outrage, and protest over the shenanigans of our government is a generous portion of humor. This was linked by Instapundit and is provided here for your amusement. Jonah Goldberg is one funny guy and also one of the sharpest pundits around. Enjoy!


Slate magazine is just one of the countless media outlets convulsing with St.Vitus’ Dance over that demonic succubus Sarah Palin. In its reader forum, The Fray, one supposed Palinophobe took dead aim at the former Alaska governor’s writing chops, excerpting the following sentence from her book:

'The apartment was small, with slanting floors and irregular heat and a buzzer downstairs that didn’t work, so that visitors had to call ahead from a pay phone at the corner gas station, where a black Doberman the size of a wolf paced through the night in vigilant patrol, its jaws clamped around an empty beer bottle.'

Other readers pounced like wolf-sized Dobermans on an intruder. One guffawed, 'That sentence by Sarah Palin could be entered into the annual Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest. It could have a chance at winning a (sic) honorable mention, at any rate.'

But soon, the original contributor confessed: 'I probably should have mentioned that the sentence quoted above was not written by Sarah Palin. It’s taken from the first paragraph of ‘Dreams From My Father,’ written by Barack Obama.'

The ruse should have been allowed to fester longer, but the point was made nonetheless: Some people hate Palin first and ask questions later.

I don’t understand that, but then I never got the Bush-or Clinton-hatred either.”

Thanks Jonah. That should last me the rest of the day. In combination with Joe Lieberman’s intransigence on the public option, Obama’s drop to -15% on Rasmussen, and a continued rise in the numbers of those opposed to the current “leadership,” we may see a brighter day tomorrow.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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