May 04, 2005

Second Prize Is a Set of Steak Knives; Third Prize Is, You're Re-Elected

"If Republicans want to learn what they elected, under the mistaken impression that they were voting for Christianity and civic virtue, they couldn't learn their lesson more lucidly than by seeing David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross."
-Village Voice theater critic Michael Feingold, who decided to come up with a wild political analogy rather than review the Broadway revival of Mamet's play.

It's a stretch commonly found on the Voice arts pages, and for it Feingold (who called for Republicans to be "exterminated" in an essay last year) wins the Weinkauf Award. The award is for arts critics who find an anti-Bush subtext in every single thing they review no matter how apolitical the material, and is named for Dallas Morning News film critic Gregory Weinkauf, who in 2002 ended his review of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" by calling Bush "a retarded monkey."

Posted by Stephen Silver at May 4, 2005 08:30 PM

My dad's a Republican. He didn't vote for Christianity or civic virtue. He voted for get your flippin' hands out of my wallet and stop giving my money away to gits who refuse to get a job. That is truly one of the dumbest quotes I've ever read.

Posted by: Emily at May 5, 2005 11:30 AM

Based on Emily's comment I wonder how many people voted for Bush (and Republicans for Congress) on the pretext of the government getting their hands out of people's pockets while at the same time wanting the lawmakers to restrict personal freedoms.

Posted by: Dan at May 5, 2005 01:55 PM

Depends on which "personal freedoms" you are specifically talking about, Dan.

Posted by: Emily at May 6, 2005 11:03 AM

The personal freedoms I'm referring to are the ones that are restricted by the Patriot Act. I don't doubt that the act is necessary in some ways, and I am actually for most of its provisions, but I just find it ironic that the same people who want "small government" are the ones calling for more government involvement in security issues. And don't get me started on the entire US government being able to get involved in the life or death struggle of a single woman. For people who want government to be less involved our lives, this Congress sure seems to be getting MORE involved in people's lives

Posted by: Dan at May 6, 2005 01:46 PM

Well, not all Republicans happen to support the specific matters you've mentioned, Dan. I know my father doesn't.

Posted by: Emily at May 6, 2005 04:06 PM

Fair enough, I was just saying that I find it ironic that "the base" seems to think that way, or at least the party THINKS that "the base" thinks that way.

Really, all I'm looking for is some intellectual honesty from BOTH parties. This holier than thou crap coming from Washington is really starting to get to me.

Posted by: Dan at May 8, 2005 01:27 PM
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