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October 21, 2008

A Mélange of Broken Glass

Adding to the extraordinarily rich crop of political humor this election season, but somewhat at odds with the notion that "comedy has become a liberal genre in America," David Sedaris has written perhaps the best-ever line about undecided voters. It's part of an otherwise wan Shouts & Murmurs piece, "Undecided," in the current New Yorker:

To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. "Can I interest you in the chicken?" she asks. "Or would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?"

To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.
October 21, 2008 9:01 PM | | Comments (1)

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While I’m a big fan of David Sedaris, he (like most voters whose voting pattern was pre-determined years or decades before the current candidates were nominated) confuses thinking about the important issue of who to vote for (which many undecideds are doing) with not thinking about it (which, by definition, most decideds have stopped doing). My reply to Mr. Sedaris can be found at http://www.undecidedman.com under “Naivite”.

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