Thursday, October 12, 2006
Statesman: Van Os as Dorothy Gale
Laylan Copelin, visibly impressed with this analogy:
Democrat David Van Os is taking his campaign for attorney general to all 254 Texas courthouses, trying to invoke memories of President Truman's come-from-behind whistlestop tour in 1948. In this case, it's more like Van Os is touring a yellow-brick road, attacking the wicked witches of Big Oil, Big Insurance and Big Business. Instead of red slippers, Van Os arrives in his wife's red Chrysler Pacifica.
There's more of this equally condescending horseshit.
I'll remind cub reporter Copelin that, as Snarko pointed out to me, an accurate plot synopsis of The Wizard of Oz would be: regular person trumps "evil" wizard that held down the "entire world" with fear, using elaborate facades, with only her heart, brain, and courage as weapons. The "witches" are nothing but support players, distractions to the bigger picture behind the curtain: a cowardly man with no actual power at all.
See, taken in context, that comparison -- particularly the part where the little guy/gal wins -- works just fine.
I believe Laylan Copelin needs to watch the 1939 classic again to get the true meaning.
In the meantime, you can help David get to Austin (Oz) and toss Greg Abbott (The Wizard) out.
posted by PDiddie at 8:39 AM
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