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Number 9 . . . Number 9 . . . Number 9

Back in high school I met a girl and she could turn all the boys heads when Al Gore was Bill Clinton’s running mate, I mocked  Gore’s monotone drone by pretending to be a robot, repeating the same hackneyed talking points over and over again.  Every sentence would begin, “Bill Clinton and I . . .” and then after sputtering a few cliches, I’d break down.  One of my classmates would pretend to wind me up and then I’d start all over again, repeating what I just said.

Little did I know that I was anticipating Ed Miliband, the UK’s Labour Party leader, by a mere 19 years.

I have to admit that at first I was unconvinced that the strikes were unnecessary, or that parents and the public had been let down by both sides, or that the government had acted in a reckless and provocative manner.  By the third response I started to see that the government had acted recklessly and let down the parents and the public, but I still thought the strikes were necessary.  By the final response I saw the light of reason, convinced by Miliband’s powerful argument.

As AP points out, this gets even better.

At just 41 years old, he’s already the leader of Britain’s Labour party, which means there’s an exceedingly good chance that he’ll be prime minister some day. What could go wrong?

Oh I’m sure it’s just going to go swimmingly when he’s negotiating with whatever dictator emerges out of Libya.  Maybe he’ll get $48 worth of beads for the islands.

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Paul Zummo

6 Comments

  1. A Monty Python skit come to life. One of his countrymen saw Mr. Miliband coming before he was born:

    “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”

    CS Lewis

  2. :Anyway, after posing several questions only to receive oblivious identikit responses from Miliband, Green says: “I began getting twinges of what I can only describe as existential doubt.” By the end he wanted to ask him: “What is the world’s fastest fish?”, just to throw him off-stride. (Kudos to Green for a) being funny and b) describing how weird the Miliband encounter actually felt. Not usually a political correspondent, it was a new experience for him.)”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/03/charlie-brooker-stop-ed-miliband

  3. I take it that that is in fact Ed Milliband, and not an item from ‘The Onion’.

    His rhetorical style and nuanced argument just blows me away – blows me away, I say !!!

  4. This isn’t one of those fake Internet memes is it? Cause I was really disappointed by the “leave Britney alone” kid being fake, and the crying cat lady was too much.

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