Exquisite Vapors

Adverbs Ahead

Banal Triangulations Ahead

These are voices echoed by Spencer Bokat-Lindell recently in the NYTimes.

Some of [Buttigieg’s] ideas… don’t fall neatly on the ideological spectrum… Mr. Buttigieg’s triangulations are more banal… Displays a facility with rhetoric … His appeal, in aesthetic terms, is antithetical to… He carries no populist resentment and can easily speak the language of the coastal elite… His image as a “verbally adept” moderate… His allure may be smaller than it appears… With his air of decency and grab bag of gifted-and-talented party tricks… For all his overdetermined virtuosity — an accomplished pianist! a Rhodes scholar! a polyglot! — he has demonstrated no political artistry…

(Spencer Bokat-Lindell, “Pete Buttigieg 2020?” NYTimes, 11-21-19)

The tone is that of a clubby commentariat hoist on its own effluvia trading lofty quips amongst itself.

I hope the party of Will Rogers will grasp the urgency of speaking plainly to citizens whose vote is needed to revive representative government from its coma.

(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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