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Family gatherings at the Wallace house must be interesting

“What in the world prepared you to be the commander in chief of the largest superpower in the world? In your background, Mr. President, you apparently were incurious. You didn’t want to travel. You knew very little about the military. . . . The governor of Texas doesn’t have the kind of power that some governors have. . . . Why do you think they nominated you? . . . Do you think that has anything to do with the fact that the country is so [expletive] up?”

Mike Wallace, on what he would ask our dear leader (Bush has declined to be interviewed by Wallace)

Chris Wallace publicly slagged his dad Mike over the latter’s above comments about the incompetent-in-chief. Talk about a Faux News shill; what a class act, saying your old man’s too senile to comment on the obvious. (Newsmax):

“Fox News Sunday” anchorman Chris Wallace says father Mike Wallace has “lost it” – after the legendary CBS newsman told the Boston Globe last week that the fact George Bush had been elected president shows America is “[expletive]-up.”

“He’s lost it. The man has lost it. What can I say,” the younger Wallace lamented to WRKO Boston radio host Howie Carr on Friday. “He’s 87-years old and things have set in,” the Fox anchor continued. “I mean, we’re going to have a competence hearing pretty soon.”

Do you think Chris feels like he’s still in daddy’s shadow?

Wallace Jr. quickly dispelled any notion that he was joking. When Carr suggested that his comments were likely to be covered by NewsMax, he responded: “You know what? Fine. Go ahead. Call them. That’s fine. I’ll stand by that.”

… Returning to the topic of his father’s competence, Wallace Jr. explained: “He’s checked out. I don’t understand it,” beyond the fact that Wallace Sr. has “problems with the war.” “I don’t know why he said what he said,” he added.

Maybe he said it because what Mike is saying is true, you dolt.

The always brilliant Glenn Greenwald takes the “daddy competition” theory up a notch over at his pad, and the fantasy of the meritocracy. Take a look.

Chris Wallace may feel a particular emotional closeness with George Bush because both of them stood for a long time, and really continue to stand, in the suffocating shadows of their fathers, as both Chris and George W.’s lives and careers followed behind their fathers’ accomplishments.

Generally speaking, there is a highly disturbing, counter-productive and quite un-meritocractic trend in America towards returning to some sort of monarchic value system where political power and positions of prominence are passed along through quasi-aristocratic family inheritance. Over and over, we see political figures on both sides of the ideological spectrum, as well as non-political elites, who have risen to prominence by virtue of being the child or spouse of some well-known and prominent person. I think this process ends up rewarding stunted and weak personalities who never experience the quite indispensable adulthood ritual of forging one’s own path separate and apart from one’s own father.


2005 Weblog Awards update: the Blend is still leading (by 285 or so votes) in the category of Best LGBT Blog. You can vote once a day per IP addy through December 15. Thanks, everyone, for the support (and the repeat votes)!

Also, a shout-out to Ryan and Mike, who have also posted on their blog for readers to vote for the Blend. You are peaches! 🙂


BTW, still no word from Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay (and gay sex obsessed) Illinois Family Institute, who received a little reply from me here regarding his fascinating email last week. You can see the comments from the original post here.

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