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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Camille Paglia - Entertainingly Fatuous

Camille Paglia is a true media age celebrity, known more for her personality and packaged reputation that precedes her than for her intellectual content. Nobody could seem to finish reading her big, serious book (yeah, I forgot the title). Her shorter form writing seems to land between casual criticism and gossip. She has returned to to resume her column there, and I found two of her observations typically ludicrous.

But Edwards is a ferocious, knife-sharp debater with foxy, seat-of-the-pants smarts, and I hope he creams his opponents.

John Edwards kept his knife firmly sheathed during his 2004 debate with Dick Cheney, who trounced Edwards. Edwards supposedly brilliant debating skills and trial lawyering forensic acumen had been touted for months by political pundits, so his pathetic shortfall in the debate was jaw dropping to me. When Cheney accused him of never being in the Senate chambers, Edwards had no answer. When Cheney attacked Edwards for using a dummy coporation for his law firm to reduce Medicare payments, a story that Salon ran at least a month before the debate, Edwards had no prepared answer.

[Anna Nicole] Smith had genuine talent but no place to put it.

Houston to Camille, please execute your reentry burn and return to Earth.


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