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Karl Rove, one of the greatest political minds of our time, had this to say about Sarah Palin, one of the greatest helicopter moose hunters of our time:

There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say ‘that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world.'”

Well, at first I thought:

What do those dry roux packets I purchase at the grocery store during the holidays have to do with running for POTUS?

Then I thought:

What the hell does an apple falling on Newton’s head have to do with running for POTUS?

Well, after I looked up POTUS again just to make sure I decided to look up gravitas because I thought that maybe, the brightest political thinker of our time surely would not use a Roman word for cemeteries in the context of Sarah Palin without thinking it all through and stuff.

Gravitas was one of the Roman virtues, along with pietas, dignitas and virtus. It may be translated variously as weight, seriousness, dignity, or importance, and connotes a certain substance or depth of personality.

Well how do you like them apples? I mean gravitas has nothing to do with graveyards or gravy or gravity.

These geniuses are hard to follow without having Wiki close to one’s fingertips!

Rove was telling us that running around (or flying around) and killing moose (or is it mooses? I will Wiki that up and get back to you’all) from a helicopter with air to earth missiles on the Discovery Channel is no way to begin a run for President!

Well, Sarah was not just going to take this type of criticism lying on a helicopter with moose in her sights:

Palin became testy when I asked her about the books I heard she had been reading. “I’ve been reading since I was a little girl,” she snapped. “And my mom is standing 15 feet away from me, and I should put her on the phone with you right now so she can tell you. That’s what happens when you grow up in a house full of teachers — you read; and I always have. Just because — and,” she continued, though in a less blistering tone, “I don’t want to come across sounding caustic or annoyed by this issue: because of one roll-of-the-eye answer to a question I gave, I’m still dealing with this,” she said, referring to her interview with Katie Couric. “There’s nothing different today than there was in the last 43 years of my life since I first started reading. I continue to read all that I can get my hands on — and reading biographies of, yes, Thatcher for instance, and of course Reagan and the John Adams letters, and I’m just thinking of a couple that are on my bedside, I go back to C.S. Lewis for inspiration, there’s such a variety, because books have always been important in my life.” She went on: “I’m reading [the conservative radio host] Mark Levin’s book; I’ll get ahold of Glenn Beck’s new book — and now because I’m opening up,” she finished warily, “I’m afraid I’m going to get reporters saying, Oh, she only reads books by Glenn Beck.”

I explained to Palin that in my view, at least, this line of inquiry wasn’t gratuitous — that questions did in fact linger about her “gravitas gap.”

(Sometimes this stuff gets awfully complicated, I mean putting gratuitous and gravitas in the same sentence! But Wiki came through again for me in the pinch!!)

Well, I mean all you have to do is go and ask her mother for chrissakes!

“You know, the country is worth it though to make those sacrifices,” Palin replied, in a statement that really lent itself to the impression that she would run. “When we talk about making money today, having a lot of fun today, having all this freedom, if the country needed me, and I’m not saying that the country does and that the country would necessarily want to choose me over anyone else. But I would be willing to make the sacrifices if need be for America.”

I mean talk about bringing home the gravy!!!

Then I was thinking, how would this new type of analysis apply to other candidates?

So I was thinking about Chris Christie (in Espanol, that would be Jesus d’Jesus and in German Kris Kringle)

As far as gravitas, all you have to do is look at this NJ Governor’s face along with the rest of him.!5713530/is-it-racist-to-call-chris-christie-fat

I mean if you think this guy has no depth, you should see him pile away seven ham sandwiches in one sitting!

And speaking of ham sandwiches, how about that Huckabee guy!

And what about this Haley Barbour guy?

Talk about a cabbage patch kid:

He kind of looks like a head of cabbage does he not?

And if you add Newt to the group I don’t think there are four guys who could clean up an all you can eat buffet in the faster time!

I mean this guy has a B.A., an M.A. and a Phd. And unlike Barbour, Newt likes Negroes. Well sort of I think:

Former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive reform. Calling the bill “the most radical social experiment . . . in modern times,” Gingrich said: “They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” with the enactment of civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

I can only predict that the next Republican Candidate for President will be smothered in gravy, gravity and gravitas!

Later in the week I will examine the issue of Class Warfare, Fox News and Jon Stewart!

I think this all has something to do with spitballs and the failure of children to properly render respect to  their teachers, but I am sure that Wiki will be there to help me wade through all of this!



  1. OK Dick. Now that I have paid proper attention to what you have to say to us here, I can think of only one thing regarding repubs and gravitas. Or whatever they may think it means. If you can show me a repub who takes this at all seriously and actually has a grasp of the weightiness of what it means to be president of this great nation I’ll eat my shirt. But only if you spring for the bottle of wine to wash it down. 🙂 Of course, I’m not in the least bit worried you might find such a person, so you’re off the hook for the wine.

    1. hahahaha

      How much fucking gravitas did the third or fourth generation aristocrat George w. Bush have for chrissakes. hahaah

      No sympathy, no compassion, no intellectual tools, no interest in researching issues…

      Depth, these people have no depth.

      Think of Bobby Kennedy,or even monahan or Teddy or…

      Oh damn!!

      What a fricking joke!!

      1. Dear Dick,
        Anything we might ever write about our republican foes will be a joke. Being an avid fan of science and math, I’ll engage in a little hyperbole and say they’ll remain a joke to ∞.

  2. Your wonderful post aside, Dickon, I have to say, I’ve been staring all day long at this picture you decided to use for your post.

    I love the question mark that is left behind by the peeling in the middle of the painting, and I love how the knife points at what almost could be a bust (albeit, of cheese). What a painting.

    1. Sorry, still fixating on it. Is there some meaning in the fact that there is that huge, vibrant leaf over the bunches of grapes, and a smaller leaf over the apples…is this a biblical statement, do you think? I wish I’d studied art. The careful placement of everything on the table seems to give a message too.

      I looked up enough of it to know it’s Van Dyck (which I should’ve caught, by the lighting) but that’s all I’ve gleaned so far. I really should study paintings and art more.

      I must talk with Bwak. 🙂

          1. All week my modem has been screwing up and i end up off line.

            Then my son, for the first time in seven months came up and…

            this is Sunday, Sunday nite I will attempt to get on chat.

            the end

  3. Lis you gotta visit an apple orchard and a vineyard. As soon as possible. As for biblical. The man upstairs, who by some persons reckoning made all this stuff, did so for a reason. I don’t know if that’s so or exactly what that reason was but I’ve made sure to have partaken of the wonders of it all as much as one is able. Highly recommended. 🙂

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