March 17, 2004

Playing Footsie Over at the Conde Nast Building

"It's about time Americans stopped worrying about the Baathists, Shiites, and Islamists playing footsie with free elections in Iraq, and paid attention to more pressing electoral problems we have here at home."

--Graydon Carter, in the opening graf of his April Editor's Letter of Vanity Fair, displaying a vacuity so breathtaking it might even attract tinges of disapproval from assorted Conde Nast interns blankly sashaying about the Big City.

PS: At least he's not calling Islamists "Islamics" any more.

UPDATE:

Andrew thinks the above may merit a "Prodi Award".

I doubt Graydon Carter penned this particular deep-think before 11-M, but his Editor's Letter certainly fulfills Andrew's criteria that the award be granted to those whose "response to terror is immediately to run away, concede critical issues, and generally appease."

In case you don't have the issue of Vanity Fair (no web-link available), don't miss Carter's final graf either.

There he discourses on how voting machines are being "outsourced to private concerns" (outsourcing is so au courant, didn't you know?) thus imperiling the God-given rights of Americans to go to the ballot box without assorted RNC types, cocaine traffickers, and Bush "pioneers" conspiring to cheat you of your vote.

Carter's solution?

"The situation is such that having the United Nations monitor the presidential election is not all that far-fetched an idea. We could alternately bring in former President Jimmy Carter's organization. But it only oversees elections in developing countries. So for now we're stuck with the sort of people in charge of the voting machines and the sort of machines that will be registering your vote on November 2. Have a nice day."

I'll try Mr. Carter, I'll try.

But the state of American middlebrow journalism (the wide sub-TNR swaths of print), where a major magazine editor can routinely pen such babble, might make it hard going.

But at least it's not raining in sunny, May-like London town this morn.

We'll count our little blessings over here at B.D.

Posted by Gregory at March 17, 2004 12:26 AM
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