Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

See, Americans Look Like This…

Do you know what an American looks like? According to Peggy Noonan, it's Massachusetts Republican candidate Scott Brown! You know what an American doesn't look like? I don't know, but I bet he or she has a certain amount of duskiness to him or her. I'm just guessing there, but let's say I've got a pretty good hunch about it. [Via]

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DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Thanks to what I call the Playgirl Corollary, I now know quite a lot about what an American looks like.

SemperBufo (#1,849)

I have nothing clever or ironic to say about this. It straight up makes me want to puke.

Ronit (#1,557)

The most sympathetic reading of this is that Peggy Noonan is comparing the "new style" of Republican who looks like "an American" to the "old style" of Republican who was a "Boston Brahmin" elite (aka Mitt Romney).

jolie (#16)

Mitt Romney is hardly a Brahmin, champ.

HiredGoons (#603)

Unless that's a species of reptile.

In which case I take a 9 1/2 wide.

Bittersweet (#765)

The real Brahmins are spitting out their martinis at that sentence, jagorev. Unless my history is off and Brigham Young came over on the Mayflower.

Ronit (#1,557)

He went to Harvard Law and Harvard Business. He worked at the Boston Consulting Group and ran Bain Capital. I'd say he's earned Brahminhood even if he wasn't born into it.

riggssm (#760)

Earn it? Oh no, dear, you can't earn it.

jolie (#16)

1. It's not something you earn, it's something you're born in to. Attending Harvard does nothing by way of conferring Brahmin status on a man.

2. Romney was a consultant at BCG before going on to become the Chairman of Bain & Company; he founded Bain Capital.

If you're going to toss around facts get them right, yes?

Ronit (#1,557)

I didn't realize I got any facts wrong. He did all of the things I described, like running Bain Capital. And working at BCG

David (#192)

Please, let's not insult the Indians (you know, the ones from India). Brahmin (Brāhmaṇa, ब्राह्मणः) is the class of educators, law makers, scholars and preachers of Dharma in Hinduism.

SemperBufo (#1,849)

Yeah, you're way off, Romney's a Mormon. She means someone like Endicott Peabody or Bill Weld.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Mitt Romney is the son of a Mexican. That's no Brahmin.

HiredGoons (#603)

Also: Mormon.

Mormons cannot be Brahmins.

mathnet (#27)

One night, me with my big mouth
A couple guys had to put me in my place

Art Yucko (#1,321)


LondonLee (#922)

God, the bullshit is piling up so high you need wings to stay above it.

Onjay (#2,679)

Exactly. Donny and the candidate from Central fucking Casting. Cue music…action.

Doesn't feel like "something new" to me at all.

flossy (#1,402)

Well in all fairness, this one time Peggy Noonan saw a real live Mexican on 59th and Lex, so she knows of which she speaks.

barnhouse (#1,326)

If Peggy Noonan takes off her shirt and lies down sideways for the camera, will she look more American?

KarenUhOh (#19)

It's kind of reached that point where a lot of people aren't afraid, or the least bit embarrassed, to announce that they know what an American looks like.

We get it, Peggy, you really, really liked your Daddy. He reminded you of Reagan and Scott Brown and he probably smelled of freshly-cleared brush and hot Apple pie.

brent_cox (#40)

I'd say that codger sitting next to her looks pretty American to me. Even if it is Mike Barnicle.

OldBillyBaroo (#1,697)

I wonder what D.R. Adams would say about this topic…

HiredGoons (#603)

I find most Ralph Steadman illustrations serve as an accurate field guide.

NycLabrets (#3,085)

I'm looking for video of the Erin Burnett/Donny Deutsch exchange from the 8:35 AM mark, on this same show today that had this bit of sociopathy:

Donny Deutsch:

What would it hurt if the the big banks, the Morgan Stanley's, Goldman Sachs, Citi Group, gave up some of that bonus money, say 10% to 20% to Haiti?

Erin Burnett:

(waves arms excitedly in front of camera in a STOP! motion, raises voice YELLS):

Donny! Donny!! Donny!!!

Wait!! Wait!


What would **THOSE** people DO with THAT money!?!1!?!

GDP Haiti: $7 billion dollars, 10 million people

Goldman Bonuses: $20 Billion dollars, 31,700 Banksters

I'm in Munich, Germany, and while I can watch the show in Real Time I can't record the stream, so if anybody has this on DVR, please post where I can get a hold of this here:




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