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April 8, 2008

as vowel movers reported back in December 2007, poetry is the genre of choice on the campaign trail. but all that idealism is abandoned upon taking office; pity. it was a shrill hills, who quoted former NY governor mario cuomo (we’re puzzled, too):

“You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose.”

no doubt hillary clinton’s shaky memory–ahhh, misremembering sniper fire, so understandable–has also let her forget Senator Robert Kennedy addressing the nation on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,

“For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and distrust at the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I can only say that I feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to go beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote: “In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”

by god, that looks like fabulous governance to us! maybe hill should spend less time trawling cuomo quotes and more time reading yeats. at least for the duration of april.

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