A Note To Frank James, Tribune Blogger, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Laughing At America’s Downward Spiral

“Personally, I liked the part where he jokes about beating his wife.”

In regards to your post yesterday entitled “Alito hearing’s best line,” in which you write:

“Alito hearing’s best line:

‘And I hope you’ll understand if any of us come before a court and we can’t remember Abramoff, you will tend to believe us!’

It was said by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham to federal judge Samuel Alito Jr. The judge had just finished explaining why he hadn’t recused himself from a case involving the Vanguard mutual fund company, in which he had investments, to Wisconsin Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold who appeared unconvinced.

That was followed by perhaps the hearing’s second best line by a senator unidentified in a transcript of the hearing.
‘Abramoff who? That’s the guy in the Bible, right?’ “

This is the confirmation process for a Supreme Court Justice- a lifetime appointment.

This is not an “Evening at the Improv.”

This is not a sitcom.

This is serious business.

The fact is that Republican Congressmen will end up in front of a court for their criminal entanglements with Abramoff.

You should be appalled at this glib mockery of our Congress and criminal justice system, not celebrating it, idiot.

Good thing you’re just a blogger and not a “real” journalist.

9 Comments so far

  1. Khyle (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 11:06 am

    If Jennifer Roche can poke fun at an accident that caused a child’s death (http://chicago.metblogs.com/archives/2005/12/breaking_news_l.phtml), then why can’t Alito poke fun at a political scandal? Isn’t a child’s death ‘serious business?”

    Where’s your line in the sand on what is ok to make jokes about?

    I’d think if you were going to take a stand on this, you should have been calling her out on that post.

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 11:38 am

    I wasn’t aware Jennifer had been nominated to the Supreme COurt- congrats Jennifer!

  3. Khyle (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 11:46 am

    So you’re saying that a child’s death is not ‘serious business?”

    BTW – Thanks for being a smart-ass and completely ignoring the question. Don’t try to explain yourself or anything.

  4. nikkos (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    Khyle, I did not address your question because it is a stupid question based on a false analogy.

  5. Ben (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    The Congress is already a mockery – Ted Kennedy’s in it, remember?

  6. Khyle (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    The question stands on its own, it’s not dependent on the analogy. But, please don’t let that stop you from acting like a condescending twerp.

    Maybe I was wrong in the analogy. But it’s pretty clear that you’re holding these nominations and the political scandal to a higher standard than that accident.

    Personally, I have no problem with humor in either case, and I’m curious why you do, since you seem to be trying for some kind of high ground on this issue.

  7. nikkos (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

    So, I can’t comment on one injustice unless I comment on ALL injustice?

    I’m flattered by the implication, but must admit that I am not omniscient.

  8. Khyle (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    When you say things like “It’s not evening at the improv.” It seems that you’re complaining about the use of humor, not the ‘injustice’ itself.

  9. nikkos (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    If I didn’t use humor to fight fire with fire I wouldn’t be able to have such enlightening discussions with thoughtful persons such as yourself.

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