DAMNING WITH FAINT PRAISE AND FLATTERY FLYING

In the final few moments of the “debate” (and I use the term with more than one grain of salt), the “contestants,” excuse me, I meant “candidates” were asked if there was anything at all that they liked or admired about their opponents.

Clinton said, “Look, I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.” You could call it flattery. I’m less impressed with the Trump kids than she is. But she’s a politician and has to be politic and polite.

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Trump accepted Clinton’s words as “a nice compliment,” and added, “I will say this about Hillary. She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She’s a fighter.” Really? Wow. Praise indeed.

It was the “high point” of the event, the high ground of a depressing hour of television. I hope this is as low as our political process can go. I think we’ve hit bedrock. After this, we’d have to dig and go underground.

In the spirit of this appalling year and proving (again) that “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose“(the more things change, the more they stay the same),  here’s a clip with Richard Pryor and Robin Williams. It’s called “Racist Court.” It’s at least 30 years old and still both relevant — and funny. Why aren’t I laughing?


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10 thoughts on “DAMNING WITH FAINT PRAISE AND FLATTERY FLYING

  1. I’d love to have Robin and Richard around now, guesting with Johnny Carson. Throw in Ed Ames tossing a tomahawk at a Trump pic.

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  2. I can see trump supporters (or Deplorables as they like to call themselves) watching that and saying
    “I don’t get it, what was supposed to be funny?”
    Pryor was amazing.

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  3. The ridiculousness of racism. Believe it or not I watched this video for the first time before I saw it here, just last week. Some of it is funny. Because it’s a gag. They are poking fun. Like Richard saying “Next I’ll be saying I was with her, found about 11, 11:30”. That’s funny. As comedians that’s what they do. They point out the ridiculousness of life in a funny way. I also watched Richard in one more video from 1978. He was the first Black President. He played the part the way I wish Mr. Obama had been able to respond to recent events. At a press conference Richard was asked questions that he responded to intelligently and with class. Eventualy, someone said something about his mother. And Richard the President lost a bit of his cool. He almost came out from behind the podium. Of course, a reporter finally said the wrong this about the President’s mother and Richard came across the podium, he lost all his cool. I would say he acted like a pissed off Black man ready to kick a–. That Presidential class act was gone. I though that was funny. And I was surprised this skit was done back in 1978. I wanted our President to get pissed off about Black men being shot in the back by law enforcement. But I understand a President has to be a President for all people. I do believe we can look forward to better days, way in the future.

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