HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

June 11, 2007
From the Editor

John Turner


HSC readers may enjoy an article in the June 4th New Yorker by Jeffrey Goldberg about the current state of the Republican Party. It is based on interviews with four notable Republicans: Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay and Jeff Flake.

What a quartet!

Rove says preemptive attacks will come to be seen one of the most auspicious policies of the Bush administration.

DeLay says "the Schiavo case was one of my proudest moments in Congress."

Gingrich sought penance for his adultery by going on the James Dobson radio show.

Jeff Flake wants to abolish Medicare.

These are the stalwart defenders of the American nation.

The New Yorker for June 11 & 18 has a cartoon that's both funny and sad. The picture shows an executive speaking from behind his desk to an employee. The caption reads: "Look, if you must go down to the seas again, to the lonely seas and the sky, then go! But take your BlackBerry." The sad part is that most readers won't get it because they will never have heard of John Masefield.

The review by Matthew Iglesias in the Washington Monthly of Bob Shrum's memoir is withering, as it should be. One note is that Shrum talked both John Edwards and John Kerry into voting for the Iraq war resolution when both were against it. Shrum thought it would be politically smart. The incident tells us a lot about both candidates, about Shrum, and most of all about the Democratic Party.

As all you Starbucks fans will know, the company's paper cups have sayings on the back, titled, collectively, "The Way I See It." Number 253 comes from Shannon Fry, a Starbucks customer in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and goes, "A mature person is one who can say: My parents may have made some mistakes raising me, but they did the best they could: now it's up to me."

Ah! Here's ecstasy - coffee and wisdom in the same draught.

I got a wooden frame for the post card from my recent Western trip, which advertises Mondo coffee and assures us, "Still legal in Utah." It's residing now propped up on my desk and comforts me every time I look at it.

Send us your thoughts and experiences and we'll post them right on the big World Wide Web, unless, of course, they're too shocking even for us.


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