Tuesday, June 05, 2007

He's been knocked down.

I love comedies. I just don’t like electing them.

In the film Ruthless People a desperate married couple kidnap the wife of a clothing manufacturer. The manufacturer stole designs that made him rich and the woman, in the couple, as the real designer. They figure if they hold his wife for ransom they might get what is due them.

Things backfire when the manufacturer, played by Danny DaVito, is thrilled by the abduction and hopes they will kill his wife so he can marry his mistress. To encourage the demise of his wife he refuses to pay the ransom. The kidnapping couple are very confused by this. So they start negotiating lower ransoms. Bette Midler discovers she is being “marked down” and shrieks: “I’ve been kidnapped by K-Mart.” I find that line very funny.

Back when he first ran for office individuals were willing to donate up to $25,000 to the Republican National Committee in order to get their photo taken with King George. By last year he was commanding donations of $10,000. He’s been marked down again. Now the New Jersey GOP has a fund raiser were for $5,000 one can be photographed with his royal highness.

Bush has been marked down. With good reason.