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Lyin' About Readin'

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 3:52 AM

It's ironic that the latest celebrity in the conservative world is a young couple, both high school dropouts, both unemployed, as-yet unmarried with a newborn baby, and no plans or resources for the future except what a famous mother provides or can be secured by way of selling baby pictures.

We are, of course, speaking of Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin.

Bristol named her little bundle of joy Tripp. Fits right in with his uncles, Track and Trig.

My guess is that when the boy gets teased later in life, he's gonna get called Linda.

Karl Rove continues spinning the myth of George W. Bush as a man of deep intellect by talking up their annual reading contest, with Mr. Bush's tally now a whopping 95 books (he reads more every year, it seems). And Rove claims to have read 110 books to win this year's match.

I maintain that this is bullshit. I'm supposed to believe that Bush read almost two books a week? Rove's own claim that they also strove for 'total lateral area' - a measure of both the total pages and their size - suggests we're not talking penny dreadfuls, but whopping works of fiction that span hundreds of pages.

And, yet, Bush doesn't seem to take anything away from these books. He shows no sign of understanding, no depth of character, nor the curiousity of the avid reader. No amount of being an aw-shucks down-home kind of guy would cover that up completely.

Thus, bullshit.

Have a happy - and safe - New Year!

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