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:: Peter 1/21/2004 04:38:00 PM [+] ::
The Response to the SOTU
Daschle reminded me of the Reagan puppet in the Genesis video, all those 'Hollywood pseudo-dramatic head bobs.'
It truly seemed as though he had studied Reagan's speech mannerisms, which were so natural in Reagan, as well as Bartlett's speech tics, so melodramatic for a television series audience, and combined them in front of a mirror after months of practice. Final result: a political speech as given by the animators of Final Fantasy. Almost human but not quite, close enough so you can't really put your finger on what's wrong. You only know something's wrong.
At least with Pelosi you can entertain yourself trying to figure out how many eye lifts she's had. One more operation and Michael Jackson will look just like her.
As for what they actually said: In a nutshell:
Main Entry: uni·lat·er·al Pronunciation: "yü-ni-'la-t&-r&l, -'la-tr&l
1 a : Anything which France disagrees with b : of, relating to, or affecting anything which France disagrees with : ONE-SIDED c : constituting or relating to a contract or engagement by which an express obligation to do or forbear is imposed on anything which France disagrees with
2 a : having parts arranged on one side of anything which France disagrees with b : occurring on, performed on, or affecting one side of anything which France disagrees with
3 : UNILINEAL
4 : Anything which France disagrees with
Well, the second big surprise was that Dick left. Richard G. had been fairly confident but it just wasn't to be. The first big surprise, of course, was the fairly stunning victory in the 'get a date with Iowa' competition for John K. Iowa seemed strangely withdrawn and leery around the swagger of Howard D. Especially considering she had seemed to be deeply enamored, if you only listened to the producers it almost seemed as though she couldn't keep her hands off of him.
But the constant pin-cushion attacks of the other competitors appear to have worn down her affection. It will be interesting to see if, on next weeks episode--'Average Joe: New Hampshire'--Howard D. will be able to reclaim his momentum or be relegated to the Gary H. dustbin of 'Average Joe: Primary' history.
Two 'studs' (Wesley C. and Joe L.) will be joining the other Average Joes for next week, just one of the twists and turns planned for the show. Other surprises are suspected, such as a possible last minute savior role for Hillary C. which would, most likely, generate the sort of numbers the producers are looking for. Especially since last night's episode was pretty much ignored in the ratings against 'American Idol: Iowa', where George B. had no competition at all and sailed to an easy victory.
As a side note to last night's episodes, there was also a new show, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, but no one really turned out for the Rev. Al S. flop. To be generous, the writing was good, but the plot was terrible. In addition, Dennis K. had a brief ratings surge a while back when his 'Who Wants To Be The First Lady' aired once or twice but that quickly faded.
The preview for next week's episode, partly obscured, as always, by the closing credits, showed a surprising amount of vitriol, particularly coming from Howard D. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Especially with sweeps coming up.
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