Friday, January 27, 2006
"Old media" attitude
"It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for senators to fight for a principle," the newspaper pleaded. "Even a losing battle would draw the public's attention to the import of this nomination."
The plaintive spinster tone of the plea suggests more sorrow at the passing of the old order, when the peasants were expected to salute and tug at a forelock when the ol' massa passed by, than any expectation of achieving more than a melancholy salute to days gone by, when everyone knew his place and knew better than to step out of it.