Friday, December 30, 2005

Rumpberthomscalalitabebopaluladingdongshesmybaby predictions.

William Safire triumphantly returns to the NYTimes opinion page with his clever "office pool" predictions for 2006. What a hoot!

The last one is interesting:
14. As Bush approval rises, historians will begin to equate his era with that of: (a) Truman; (b) Eisenhower; (c) L.B.J.; (d) Reagan; (e) Clinton.
My guess is that Bush will be seen as incomparable to anyone but himself. Safire is right that his approval ratings will inevitably skyrocket. The amazing Iraqi elections have already given him a tremendous boost. Only partisans would deny Bush his greatness.

But I do have a criticism of Safire, the notorious wordsmith maven. ("Notorious" means "celebrated," right? Upon sincere self-reflection, I am sure that I am right.) He coins the term "Robertscalito" to describe the new Supreme Court. This is not aesthetically pleasing!

I propose the term "Rumpberthomscalalitabebopaluladingdongshesmybaby" instead. That is aesthetically pleasing, and nonpartisan as well! Who does not like "oldies"? Perhaps the same people that do not like Roberts or Alito because of their partisanship. These people need to get over their wombs and civil liberties manias and engage in honest self-reflection about how they present themselves to the nonpartisan American people.

28 Comments:

Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

"Rumpberthomscalalitabebopaluladingdongshesmybaby" is indeed aesthetically pleasing in print, and rolls trippingly off the tongue.

I shall let everyone know (once the term is in common usage) that the praise for its coining should be laid at your feet.

Thank you for the New Year's gift, Dear Blogress.

1:31 PM  
Blogger ntodd said...

What a stupid term.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Aspasia M. said...

It is a pleasing term that simply trips off the tongue! It almost sounds like a fun be-bop poem!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Ann Altmouse said...

The defenders of Safire who showed up here have only nonarguments. "Stupid"? What can one say to that? How can that lead to productive dialogue? How sad.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous geoduck2 said...

Those who defend Safire with the non-argument of "stupid" are obviously partisan.

And they want too many eclairs. Those who eat eclairs cannot be trusted as objective citizens of the Republic. Watch out for pastry chefs!

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Terry C, Bush Hater said...

14. As Bush approval rises, historians will begin to equate his era with that of: (a) Truman; (b) Eisenhower; (c) L.B.J.; (d) Reagan; (e) Clinton.




None of the above. Even Reagan wasn't as bad as he is!

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