August 20, 2002

“The U.S. is now mainly governed by men in their mid-50s, i.e. the Vietnam generation,” writes Matthew Engel in The Guardian, “except that this lot missed being the Vietnam generation. The enterprisingly original New Hampshire Gazette maintains a ‘Chickenhawks’ database to tell their stories.”

Engel’s essay hits its “high-ney” note with this, um, “hole-ly” entertaining tail tale:

“The best story concerns Rush Limbaugh, the ferociously bellicose radio personality, who allegedly had either ‘anal cysts’ or an ‘ingrown hair follicle on his bottom.’ It is not my custom to mock others’ ailments, but anyone who has listened to Limbaugh’s programme [sic] can imagine the dripping scorn he would bring to the revelation that a prominent Democrat had skipped a war over something like that. Also, in his case, a pain in the arse [sic] is peculiarly appropriate.”

Wonder if it Hurts to Sit Down


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