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BOOTBLACK TO THE STARS! Today is a special occasion. But still, you should read Clemons' post: // link // print // previous // next //
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009

Bootblack to the stars: Nothing today—it’s a special occasion.

That said, we can’t recommend this post quite enough. At various points, you will assume that it must be a parody. But no, it isn’t (meant as) a parody. Therein lies a significant part of the story of the past sixteen years. (We had nothing to do with the comments.)

We’ve tried, and tried, to tell you that story. But the story is largely found inside the “sphere of deviance” (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/19/09) of your fiery “nominal allies.” As we’ve slowly and sadly seen, the career liberal world just won’t tell you this story. Instead, they direct you to 23-year-old books about the press corps’ conduct during the 1960s. Kos jumps up to tell the world how “brilliant” the whole thing is.

We can’t recommend that post quite enough—and no, it isn’t (meant as) a parody. Question: Why are we the first “nominal ally” to direct your attention to it?

Visit our incomparable archives: For an earlier version of this death-dealing nonsense, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 10/18/07. On that occasion, the party was thrown by Margaret Carlson. These days, you can see her on Countdown, where she has become a regular part of your “liberal” media elite.

What fools we mortals currently be! What perfect rubes, eager for running!

We flashed: To the cummings poem we’ve cited before. Yes, there’s a bit of a family connection. But here’s a famous American’s take on the ongoing story lodged in that post. The bootblack image comes quickly:

Humanity i love you
because you would rather black the boots of
success than enquire whose soul dangles from his
watch-chain which would be embarrassing for both

parties and because you
unflinchingly applaud all
songs containing the words country home and
mother when sung at the old howard

Humanity i love you
because when you're hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink and when
you're flush pride keeps

you from the pawn shops and
because you are continually committing
nuisances but more
especially in your own house...

There’s a bit more to it, of course. Why not just click here?