Saturday, June 12, 2004

Reverend Danforth Nominated to Replace Negroponte
Lilies that Fester...

It's simply too rich, yes? As in the Stephen Sondheim lyrics:
"Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in midair...
Send in the clowns.
Yes, indeedy. While in Rome, the Little Redemptionist Smirk announced his bid for the new US ambassador to the UN, to replace the criminal John Negroponte, who is going or is already gone to head the "embassy" in Iraq. These folks are not just killing irony. They're stomping into molecular-sized pieces. Danforth is retired from the US Senate (3 term senate seat, republican), and is an ordained Episcopal minister.

The CNN article is here: Bush taps Danforth for U.N. ambassador post (CNN) If you tap someone does it echo? Nevermind.

From the article:
"Most recently, Danforth served as Bush's special envoy to Sudan, helping craft last month's peace initiative in that nation's civil war."
And we all know how well things have been going in the Sudan, yes?

Here - this one surprised me, and not:
"Danforth left the U.S. Senate in 1995 after serving three terms. He was then tapped by the Clinton administration to conduct an independent investigation of the fiery 1993 siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas."
That investigation came out well for the government, and not for anybody else if I recall.

[Episcopal Pastor] "Danforth played a lead role in shepherding Clarence Thomas through his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings. Those hearings erupted into a sensational debate on sexual harassment in the workplace after Anita Hill accused Thomas of making inappropriate sexual comments when the two worked together. Danforth's book on the Thomas nomination, "Resurrection: The Confirmation of Clarence Thomas," was published in 1994."
I think the ShrubCo Cabal would be a lot more fun if they were less predictable.

And for all those remotely interested, here is the text of Danforth's homily (sermon) for the Reagan funeral on Friday. AP transcript of Danforth homily

The Bard of Avon had a few things to say about men who parade their "goodness" before other men...
Sonnet 94
They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow,
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

We should probably profile Negroponte next, and his Reagan administration ties to genocide in Latin America. He was never a lily. No sirree! Has it already been done to death? I think not. I'll start researching.

Addendum: I admit to not thoroughly reading the smarmy, pandering text of Rev. Danforth's homily at the Reaganapalooza. It includes some of the SpinDentist's references to St. Augustine's shining city on a hill. I'm sorry I reread it. I'll need a little Pepto now, and then alcohol. Think. This is the man soon slated to have his nomination easily confirmed for US ambassador to the United Nations. Goddess help us all!