Monday, September 29, 2008

Palin For President

Question: "How did you become king, then?"
King Arthur: The lady of the lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. That is why I am your king."
Michael Palin: "Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses - not from some farcical equatic ceremony! You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you!"
from the film
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

A few days ago, in his excellent column in the New York Times, Bob Herbert, commenting on the positively weird performance Sarah Palin gave in her interview with CBS's Katie Couric, made what I thought to be a very astute observation (as Mr. Herbert has an uncanny tendency of doing). Said he:

"It was surreal, the kind of performance that would generate a hearty laugh if it were part of a Monty Python sketch. But this is real life, and the stakes couldn't be higher. As Ms. Palin was fumbling her way through the Couric interview, the largest bank failure in the history of the United States, the collapse of Washington Mutual, was occurring."

That's when it hit me. MONTY PYTHON??? The Republicans have nominated the wrong freaking Palin! I refer, of course, to Michael Palin, a member of the legendary British comedy group. Although a British subject (a tricky little problem which could be corrected by a simple Constitutional amendment) he is someone whom I know we can all count on to stand up for what's good and decent in this grand and glorious land of ours. My friends, of this you may be absolutely certain: Michael Palin will not only talk the silly talk, he will walk the silly walk.

That's it! As soon as I am finished writing this, I am heading down town to the Orange County Board of Elections to re-register as a proud member of the Silly Party.

Governor Palin has spent every day since she secured the nomination exploiting her image as a woman of the outdoors. But just look at the kinds of activities she engages in: Shooting wolves from a plane? Murdering meese? (I am referring to the accepted plural for moose in some quarters - not the former Attorney General). What the hell kind of an image is that? Quite frankly the woman comes off as a bit of a sociopath if you ask me.

Michael Palin, on the other hand, is a real outdoors man! He's a lumberjack and he's okay. He sleeps all night and he works all day. And while it is true that he might have some difficulty siphoning off the disgruntled Hillary Clinton voter given his gender, it should be remembered that he puts on women's clothing and hangs around in bars. As he himself has said numerous times in various public forums going back to 1969, "I wish I'd been a girlie just like my dear papa."

The man is a natural.

Vote Silly In '08

You can expect the epidemic of religious extremism that has polluted the American political system during the last three decades to disappear under a Palin administration. Michael has made himself quite clear on the subject:

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition."
Michael Palin, 1969

Sure, it's kind of a vague statement but you can trust me on this one my fellow Americans; the man's heart is in the right place.

Believe me when I tell you that Michael Palin, unlike Sarah Palin, is our real future. And unlike Sarah, Michael has one very crucial thing going in his "favour" (that's how they spell it in merrie ol' England - what's up with that? ): At least we'll be able to take his candidacy seriously. Let's all sign up today! As luck would have it, I just happen to have the link to the site where you can register:

Register today and get a free fuzzy thing!

Unlike Democrats and Republicans, we proud and dedicated, members of the Silly Party make no pretense at being serious. You might say that our real genius is at being seriously silly. We represent truth, justice, righteousness, knickers, (sorry 'bout that) freedom and democracy. We can and will make a difference.

Always look on the bright side of life.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


Around the World in Eighty Days
with Michael Palin

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventures

The Complete Monty Python Collection


One night, in the mid 1980's, I received a phone call from my late father (he was still alive at the time, I promise). He informed me that he and my mother had been dining in the Rainbow Room, high atop the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Due to the size of the crowd, they had shared a table with a very nice man and his elderly mother. Dad told me that the man was a British comedian who was about to co-host the upcoming segment of Saturday Night Live. It was Michael Palin and his mum.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger shehova said...

Visions of Sarah standing on the bridge (to no where) shouting: "come back, it's only a flesh wound!"

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Tom, I've told you I have already started a party with a platform of freedom, justice, righteousness and tie-dye: The Woodstock Nation Party. Our motto: You Can Trust Us, We're Cool !! Oh and don't forget Peace, we are REALLY BIG on Peace. We'll throw in some Love too while we are at it. There.... is THAT silly enough for you ??

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Wilma Lamb said...

Voting for the Republicans is voting for the silly party.
Oh excuse me, I mean the criminal party

At 4:04 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Maybe we could merge.

The Silly Nation Party?



At 4:12 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

The Silly Nation Party it is !! But they stay a step ahead of many places have banned Silly String !!! Takes the silly right out, you know ??

At 12:22 PM, Anonymous jessica rath said...

Tom, I found the link to your blog on alternet; my first thought when I heard of 'Sarah' Palin being nominated as VP was -- wish it was Michael! Tried to join the Silly Party, but you exceeded your bandwidth...

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Silly NATION Party !!!! BTW...we need a Silly Nation Party logo. Please feel free to submit suggestions......any artists out there feel free to submit designs !!!

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Hello, Jessica Rath!
Sorry 'bout the bandwidth problem. I'm not really sure what that means (I'm not very computer savvy) but I'm sure you gave it the old college try.

Ellis, esquire:
Silly Nation Party? I like it!

Tom Degan

At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wink, wink, nudge, nudge...say no more!

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

"A nod is as good as a wink to a blind man, aye? Aye? Sigh n' mo! Sigh n' mo! Sigh-No-MOI!"

You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget it's all a show
Keep 'em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you!



At 7:05 PM, Blogger frankdog said...

Michael Palin is not only a great comedian, but an intelligent gentleman as well. If you've watched any of his recent Travel series such as Sahara you would agree. However, we Canadians are also having an election and I think we should get first dibs on him. Cheers.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Listen here, frankdog!

It was my freaking idea, Buster! You people up in Canada may want Palin. That's all very well and good. But what you have got to understand is that WE NEED MICHAEL PALIN! Canada is doing just fine, thank you very much. Sure you had this recent infatuation with conservate governance, but you are recovering from it. America has been sleeping under a right wing coma FOR DECADES!!

C'mon, pal! My brother Pete lives in Toronto. He's fine! HE doesn't need Michael Palin. I DO!

Do you want to go to war over this, frankdog?

Tom Degan

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Pops McGreggor said...

I've enjoyed all of Michael Palin's travel adventures and admire his generosity of spirit and humor. I think the VP republican candidate shares name only with Michael. I doubt Michael would vote for her even if he were able! I'm looking forward to Michael's Full Circle DVD release soon and not looking forward to more news of inane Sarah using her infant as a prop for photo opts!

At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Green River Rider said...

Tom, you changed your Bob Dylan picture! The new one makes you look like the new host of Car Talk.

All kidding aside, I wanted to pass on a link I found explaining debt. It's only 12 minutes, and well worth the time. I thought someone here might be interested.

Click here for the link.

My wife and I were driving south on the Taconic a couple of days ago and believe it or not I thought of you as we passed the exit to the Roosevelt library. You've mentioned it in the past I think, so I'm sure it must be well worth a visit.

Ciao for now.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

green river rider:

Thanks for that link, pardner. Ver informative - and troubling. I recommend everyone have a gander at it.


Tom Degan

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Prairie Waif said...

Green River Rider,

Car Talk? Oh, boy, we know what you watch when the debates aren't on!

It's a great photo. It shows Tom's collection of books and other assorted materials that fuel his intellectual curiosity and, dare I say, The Rant.

Also, in my humble opinion, the previous photo reminded me of the CIA under Casey, the cloak and dagger of Iran/Contra--->Zoikes!

Can I have a "YOU BETCHA?!"

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Amolibri said...

Tom, you just get better...with age I dare say. Great blogs lately.
I'm silly with you!!!

At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Mike Cole said...


Been reading you for years; first time posting.

Great that Obama won, but very concerned about:

1) FISA cave-in. Telecom immunity is unconstitutional on its face.
2) Proposed Afghanistan war expansion.
3) Wall st bailout vote (yes).

Not my idea of progressive. Will we see more capitulation , like Pelosi ?

Mike C.


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