Rave on, John Donne

Scott Johnson, the Lester Bangs of the Power Line Generation, writes:

I wonder if the White House anticipated the negative reaction of conservative opinion leaders or the disappointment of core supporters regarding the nomination of Harriet Miers. It is hard to believe that it did, although Tony Blankley suggests that Bush himself may have disregarded it in any event. (Blankley describes Bush as “a rock and an island unto himself.” Is Blankley alluding to the old Paul Simon song “I Am a Rock”?) On the other hand, my guess is that it did not, and, if so, I wonder why not.


No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee.

— John Donne

Later Scott will point out that Donne cribbed that last line from Hemingway…

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