My favorite tweet of the day, in reaction to the David Brooks column Mollie writes about below, was this one from Ace of Spades HQ: "David Brooks just proved there's only one Dave Barry."
Also busy on that front: the great Dave Barry himself, who is currently taking one of his occasional forays back into column writing, dispatching pieces from the GOP convention in Tampa (all of which can be found here). A few of my favorite bon mots from his first two filings:
- On holding the convention in Florida: "Does anybody remember 2000? That was the year when the presidential election was decided by Florida residents who were deeply confused about which holes to punch in a ballot. This is not surprising: Florida residents are also deeply confused about what lane they’re driving in, or what, specifically, they’re supposed to do when the traffic light changes color."
- "Until the weekend, Vice President Joe “Joe” Biden had also been planning to come; apparently he was unaware that this is the Republican convention. He changed his mind after a meeting with his top aides that may or may not have involved tranquilizer darts."
- "The goal will be to demonstrate to the nationwide convention-viewing TV audience — an estimated eight people — that Mitt is a regular non-android human just like you who feels pain the same way any normal person does when one of his helicopters needs repair."
- "Potential Hurricane Isaac ravaged the Tampa Bay area Monday, slamming the coast with winds that sometimes approached the speed of a fully loaded forklift and leaving a trail of devastation in the form of water that occasionally fell from the sky and got things wet."
- "In my opinion, one of the greatest things — if not THE greatest thing — about the American political process is that every four years it gives me the unadulterated joy of watching Republican convention delegates attempt to dance."
When you get him back, you're reminded of just how much we lost. In the space of a decade, both Calvin and Hobbes and Dave Barry said goodbye. Is it any surprise that no one wants to open a newspaper anymore?