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January 27, 2008

we again stifle our obama oratory

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,viewpoint — David Giacalone @ 12:25 pm

After last night’s results in South Carolina, the temptation to break the f/k/a Christmas Eve no-political-punditry pledge is even greater today than it was after the Iowa caucuses, and during the past few weeks of bilious Billderdash on the campaign trail. However, as we said back on January 4th, “we’ve never been able to have just one drink at the punditry bar, so I just put the cork back on that bottle of opine wine.”

Nevertheless, I will say two things: (1) I joined “Obama for New York” last night, plan to be one of the honkees at the Honk for Hope rally this afternoon in Albany, NY, and have just bookmarked the Obama Capital District NY Blog. And, (2) No matter how much I might agree with the agenda of whoever is chosen to live in the White House this November, I do not want to live through another four or eight years with a President who is personally loathed (not merely a gender or racial dislike or preference) by scores of millions of Americans. We need a unifier.

first full moon NoYabutsSN .
breaking the last
new year’s resolution

……………………………………… by dagosan (see the original haiga, at Magnapoets)

Meanwhile (and this goes greatly against the Prof. Yabut and ethicalEsq grain), I’ll let others do the talking: See “A President Like My Father,” by Caroline Kennedy; and “The Billary Road to Republican Victory,” by Frank Rich (New York Times, January 27, 2008); “Questions for the Clintons,” by Bob Herbert; and “Two Presidents Are Worse Than One,” by Garry Willis (New York Times, January 26, 2008); also, Althouse on Who Favored Hillary in SC.

What’s the antidote to the urge to pontificate? Besides having fun with Ann with mirrors, it is — as always — good one-breath poetry:

family plot–
all but forgotten
the sibling rivalry

high noon
the boys refill
their water pistols

……………………… by Tom Painting
“high noon” – July Selection, Snapshot Press 2005 Haiku Calendar
“family plot–” – Acorn No. 19 (Fall, 2007)


new year
the neighbor tidies up
his side of the woods

waking to a new year . . .
his side of the bed
already cool

mother-daughter outing —
deep shadows
in the lotus seed pod

…………… by Carolyn HallAcorn No. 19 (Fall, 2007)


  1. Still going to refrain from politicizing commentary after SuperTuesday? Will be tough!

    Comment by webnews — February 5, 2008 @ 2:44 am

  2. It will surely be hard to decline to opine on the Super Tuesday results this evening. It seems that addicts are most tempted to indulge on really good days and really bad days. With regards to politics, I’m going to make believe I have no weblog the next couple of days.

    Comment by David Giacalone — February 5, 2008 @ 8:53 am

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