Friday, March 03, 2006

Thank goodness it's Tie Day!!

For those of you who come to blogs for the politics, but end up staying for the fashion, (we know you're out there!) KV and I are proud to declare Fridays Tie Days, effective immediately and ending whenever we decide we're sick of talking about John Kerry's ties. Or, I guess, whenever John Kerry stops wearing ties, which is frankly too upsetting a thought to even contemplate.

The Tie: See fig. 1

The color: Orange. Not quite Hermes orange, but similarly striking. What's interesting about that is, although orange happens to be my least favorite color, this is probably my favorite of all the Senator's ties. I think it's gorgeous, professional, and perfect for John Kerry.

The pattern: A zoom (fig. 2) reveals a pleasing but subtle pattern of what appear to be American flags. Note the obvious but non-obnoxious patriotism in the design.

The designer: This one is a puzzler. I alluded to Hermes, but a closer look rules out the possibility that this tie is Hermes. The flags are somewhat reminiscent of the Vineyard Vines ties the Senator frequently wears, but the pattern is too loose to be VV. Nor does this tie appear in the VV catalogue. And that's really neither here nor there - although, in the interest of research, if anyone has any information, I invite you to leave us a comment.

Shown here during: a January 18, 2006 meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad. Much to our chagrin, photographs of the Senator wearing the tie in question before or since that date have not revealed themselves. Let's hope he didn't get it for Christmas, wear it to Iraq, and get ink all over it or something.

Ranking: I really feel like we should have had some system by which we could rank the Senator's ties, but that never occurred to anybody. So I'll just rank this as my #1 favorite Kerry tie, because that's what it is. Also,
let's give it a stupid Democrafty nickname for future reference.

Stupid Democrafty Nickname for Future Reference: Orange Crush.

If you see John Kerry wearing this tie: Low five! (fig. 3)

What we think Tim Gunn would say about this one: "Senator! You made it work!"

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

John Kerry Is an Awesome Writer: DKos Edition

I don't, as a rule, spend time over at Daily Kos. Quite a lot of good, progressive discussion does happen there, but when Senator Kerry does something good - and if you pay attention, you know that happens a LOT - the Kossacks tend to rally with sass en masse to the tune of "I am so sick of John Kerry and his annoying world-saving agenda. Why can't he stop kicking ass and retire from the Senate and go windsurf somewhere?"

At which point, a bunch of Kerrycrats attempt to defend the Senator's actions, at which point a bunch of guys who can't get dates jump all over the Kerrycrats for being "hung up" on the Senator (as if there were ANYTHING wrong with that!) and so on and so forth until somebody does some internet equivalent to throwing a drink in somebody's face (personally, I prefer pointing out spelling errors, followed by a truly mature assertion that the offending parties aren't old enough to vote) and swear never to return to the wretched website again.

Welcome to the blogosphere/world of modern citizenship.

So this is the point at which, if you don't love John Kerry, you stop reading this entry, because you really don't want to know how I was persuaded to visit DKos after swearing off it about 60 times. You really do not want to know about the squeeing, screaming, jumping-up-and-down frenzy that exploded when JK fans, myself included, heard or read that the senator had posted at DKos. You really do not want to witness as I get all freaking weepy and launch into an impassioned-but-clever discussion of how John Kerry wandering into hostile territory and asking for support of the Alito filibuster is the political equivalent of Victor Laszlo leading the customers at Rick's in a rousing drown-out of "Die Wacht am Rhein" with "La Marseillaise," and anyone who doubts the validity of that analogy is not only entitled to his or her opinion, but also invited and encouraged to SEE ME IN HELL.

In short, John Kerry posted to Kos, and it was a BIG DEAL. It's happened a few times now, and while no less thrilling, it's not a big surprise. Today, for example, when the Senator posted a diary on the Fighting Democrats, (you can read it here) I was able to read the text with a minimum of heart-pounding and no impulse to throw undergarments at the monitor. And this was a good thing, because it reminded me of something we don't talk about often enough: John Kerry is an awesome writer!

Check it out:

To hear the Administration and their Republican allies talk, anyone who has a different view than George Bush is lacking in patriotism and doesn't support the troops. Remember freshman GOP Congresswoman Jean Schmidt who invoked our troops in smearing Jack Murtha? I wonder what Jean Schmidt would have to say confronted by the informed and expert opinions of soldiers home from Iraq -- whatever they believe. The Republicans might just be forced to debate the merits of the issue! Talk about throwing a wrench into the partisan smear machine these Republicans rely on to stifle debate. That's why I want people like Jean Schmidt to have to stand face to face on the floor of Congress and be forced to debate a veteran who's been there. It will elevate the dialogue in our country, it will change the voices in the conversation.

That's what this is all about. Imagine if the voices of today's veterans weren't just reflected on the front page of Stars and Stripes, but in votes and voices on the floor of Congress. That's what I'm committed to getting done.


Active voice! Sarcasm! And, oh my God, is that a zeugma?

I could go on, but I should probably be seeing what I can do to help the Fighting Dems. And so should you! So, more on Kerry's communication skills later. Rock and roll, indeed.