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Larry King Looks Like An OwlI never watch Larry King. It’s not that I think he asks stupid questions, but more that I don’t think he understands the responses his guests give him. He’s like one of those animatronic robots at Disney World. Sure they look and move like real people, but they’re not exactly great at the conversational back and forth.

Also, I kinda think he looks like an owl.

Anyway, because I don’t watch Larry I unfortunately missed his interview with President Bush. I’ve read the transcript and the CNN article about it and I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss anything revealing, but I think watching two guys who don’t listen engage in a “conversation” would have been pretty entertaining. It’d be two Teddy Rupxin dolls talking to each other.

I do like this quote from the CNN article: “But Bush predicted that Republicans would keep their majorities in the House and Senate, ‘Because we’re right on winning this war on terror.’ I love how he shapes the debate through rhetoric. Notice that he says that he’s right about winning the war, which infers that his opponents are wrong about not winning the war. I don’t think I’ve ever heard any democrat ever say they didn’t want to win the war, but if you aren’t paying attention you might think the opposite after listening to Bush. I’m sure Larry didn’t call him on it. Larry probably didn’t even hear his answer.

This happens to the democrats all the time. They’re so inept they let the republicans define our language and consequently they end up losing the argument before it truly begins. Take abortion, for example. They let the republicans get away with labeling themselves “pro-life,” which by comparison makes the democrats “anti-life.” I don’t care what your stance on abortion is, but you’ve gotta admit that’s extremely inept P.R. on the part of the democrats.

The democrats let the republicans do this on every issue. “Cut and run?” “Flip-flop?” It’s all about defining reality through language, because the republicans know that whoever controls our langague controls thought. The democrats need to take a couple of courses on rhetoric because they’re freakin’ clueless.

I don’t have an ending for this, so I’ll just repeat that Larry King looks like an owl.

That is all.

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