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“Against Stupidity the Gods Themselves Struggle in Vain.”

Friedrich Schiller

Scott Brown; Cosmopolitan magazine, June 1982

Now the rest of the Cosmo centerfolds know they can be elected to the US Senate. If they’re reactionary rich white men, that is, who march to orders like Caligula’s Senate-nominated horse.

The Democrats should never have forgotten the tale of the scorpion and the frog. Appeasing the now-lunatic fringe Republican party is the equivalent of trying to befriend the creature from Alien.

Welcome to the world of The Handmaid’s Tale. When is the next starship for Tau Ceti??

8 Responses to ““Against Stupidity the Gods Themselves Struggle in Vain.””

  1. Caliban says:

    It didn’t help that Coakley, by the accounts I’m getting in the news, did a terrible job of campaigning, as in assuming Brown was no threat. That’s just stupidity on her part.

    For stupidity on the part of the media, go no farther than

    Peggy Noonan: Scott Brown “looks like an American.”

    The inference of that statement–of who does NOT look like an American–is stunning, though no longer surprising.

  2. Athena says:

    Peggy Noonan was not the only one to make a similar comment, just one of the more prominent cases.

    Coakley did not campaign too hard, it’s true, relying in part on the historical leanings of the state. But she also had a far more significant record of achievement than Brown did, and had made her positions on issues abundantly clear. Her lack of charisma and her gender obviously counted against her. We’re back to electing people who “are like us — regular guys we can hoist a beer with.” Thucydides wrote rather vividly about what happened to Athens when it went the route of spoiled, petulant mob rule. Once again, I’m feeling like I’ve dropped into a parallel universe.

  3. r0ck3tsci3ntist says:

    But he’s SOOOOOO good looking!

    (those people make me embarrassed to be female)

  4. Athena says:

    Yes, we need more manly men with cleft chins in government. As a well-known biologist (whose name now eludes me) said, if testosterone were the criterion for governing, we should install an adolescent boy as president. The US voters did exactly that, for eight terrifying years; I’m even leaving Reagan out. Now they sulk and have tantrums because of the not-so-surprising results, and they’ll be damned if somebody doesn’t “pay” for the mess — even if everyone falls into the abyss, including them.

  5. r0ck3tsci3ntist says:

    Well, I suppose this is a bit of a wake up call for Massachusetts then?

  6. Athena says:

    A wake up call for everyone who would like to see civilization survive. But how do you change people’s minds if they’re set in stone and tight shut? The people most vocally against healthcare are either those who already receive Medicare or those who really desperately need it. If people have become so maddened that plain survival no longer matters, what other reasons can possibly prevail?

  7. Athena says:

    Also, can you see a female candidate surviving a nude photo-op? The double standard is simply appalling.

  8. Walden2 says:

    If this is not proof that humans are still just monkeys with car keys, then I don’t know what is.

    Remember when Dan Quayle was made VP in 1988 because the GOP thought women would relate him to Robert Redford, who did a film called The Candidate in 1972. And we all know how well that plan turned out.