Saturday, January 14, 2006

Sam the Snark

In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
In the midst of his laughter and glee,
He had softly and suddenly vanished away,
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.

In the midst of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Judge Samuel Alito, I couldn’t help thinking of Senator Slow Joe Biden softly and suddenly vanishing away after discovering that Sam the Snark was indeed the feared Boojum.

Hugh Hewitt covered the hearings all week and had some great interchanges with his regular callers. One of the funniest was with James Lileks,
dealing with the Senatitis on display this week in the Judiciary Committee.

Hewitt: Joined now by James Lileks, columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and blogger extraordinaire. James, your take on the week of Alito?

Lileks: Oh, where does one begin? The fantasy that comes back to me, again and again, is seeing these people grill Albert Einstein.

Hewitt: (laughing)

Lileks: I would love to see Biden leaning forward with that expression of deep concern, and saying you know, Doc...Doc, I've read that you believe that E= MC squared, but I gotta say I'm troubled by it. Don’t you really mean to say MC=E squared? Doc? And I'm puzzled as well by your past: Weren't you a member of a country that elected Hitler? How do you explain that, Doc?

Hewitt: (laughing)

Lileks: I mean, it would be like that. It would be like engaging in a colloquy on the theory of relativity with Einstein, with these guys who had a chemistry set when they were in 4th grade, and believe that they are qualified to grill Einstein on theoretical physics...

Hewitt: Oh, you've opened up a whole can... like, what if they questioned Beethoven?

Lileks: Well, Beethoven would just be perfect, because in the later years of his life Beethoven was deaf. And if Biden's asking the question, you don't have to hear, because he's just going to talk for 28 minutes.

That’s all folks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luv it, luv it, luv it!!! That sums it up, wraps it in gift wrap and puts a BOW on top!!!

Keep up the good work, Bill.


2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was just reading the well-known statistic that whereas 50 years ago there were 42 workers for every retiree, today there are three workers for every retiree. This has obvious implications for the national economy and particularly for Medicare and Social Security. Then it occurred to me that but for Roe v. Wade, there would be 40 million citizens under the age of 30, who would be working as the boomers retire. The crisis we face would not be a problem at all. Ain't choice grand? Another example of the law of unintended consequences.


5:27 PM  

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