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August 31, 2009


Glen Greenwald, Salon - NBC's "Today" show has hired someone with White House experience as a new correspondent - former first daughter Jenna Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush. . . . She "just sort of popped to us as a natural presence, comfortable" on the air, [Executive Producer Jim] Bell said. Hager will work out of NBC's Washington bureau. They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it. They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. remain a Great Meritocracy because it's really unfair for anything other than merit to determine position and employment. They can interview Lisa Murkowski, Evan Bayh, Jeb Bush, Bob Casey, Mark Pryor, Jay Rockefeller, Dan Lipinksi, and Harold Ford, Jr. about personal responsibility and the virtues of self-sufficiency. Bill Kristol, Tucker Carlson and John Podhoretz can provide moving commentary on how America is so special because all that matters is merit, not who you know or where you come from. There's a virtually endless list of politically well-placed guests equally qualified to talk on such matters.


Blogger m said...

Its not just the Bushes. Given the latest demands for a Kennedy to replace Ted, it is clear that we are returning to our British and similar roots.

We want our aristocracies, and we want them NOW!

How long before we address them as Your Grace, Your Lordship and Your Majesty from bent knee on pain of death?

August 31, 2009 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

That's our bad edu system at work again.

If most of us are raised to be obedient wage slaves who automatically surrender our will to Authority, can it really be surprising that we're interested in having Authority with some trappings to suggest there's a reason for our obedience?

Ages ago, a woman started up a feminist foundation with the money she got from her family selling off their Kentucky publishing empire.

It's so long ago that I can't remember her name (drat!) or any details that would help me quote her exactly, but she said that we need the wealthy to have attributes that we can construe as justifying their wealth and power. Because otherwise we'd have a massive cognitive dissonance problem that could only be resolved by our suicide or a revolution.

It felt to me that she nailed it completely.

September 1, 2009 9:52 AM  

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