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Lightning Rod Gets The Zot
The Poet's Eye ^ | Lightning Rod

Posted on 10/23/2010 5:17:52 PM PDT by Lrod

A character like Christine O'Donnell presents a unique problem for a humorist. Few elaborations are called for since the caricature is self-embodied. All that is needed is a dead-pan Jack Benny look. You know, the one where he just stares blankly at the audience without saying a word and eventually someone titters and before you know it the whole place is in hysterics? Her very existence as a major party candidate for US Senate is the kind of comedy which arrives ready-written and would only be spoiled by embellishment. I mean, what can you add to rabidantimasturbationtarianism, rats with fully-functioning human brains and her famous Witches of Eastwick campaign ad that looks like it was produced by Tim Burton? I had fully intended to leave Ms. O'Donnell to the other comedians and the pundits who were wearing her out on cable TV. But then came the most recent revelation that she has claimed that her father was Bozo the Clown. Here I had to break my silence, not in the name of humor, but in the cause of veracity. This is a subject I happen to know something about.

Long ago, for one magic season, I was related by marriage to Bozo the Clown. I'm not making this up. My father was a semi-notorious lothario in the television and advertising business. Sometime after he turned 50, he married the 17 year-old daughter of one of his professional colleagues, Larry Harmon, the guy who owned the franchise to Bozo, the Most Famous Clown in the World. He was Bozo Primero, not one of the many FauxZos who were franchised in every major media market. I was much closer to the power center of the Bozo world than Ms. O'Donnell ever dreamed of being. It gave me an intimate glimpse into the backstage life of clowns. I knew little of the inside workings of the clown business in those days. Like a naive child, I had assumed that, you know, Bozo was Bozo. It never occurred to me that there was a school, like a Bozo boot-camp, where imposters went to learn how to walk like a Bozo and talk like a Bozo and draw the red rictus of a smile on their faces with greasepaint. It was like learning a dirty family secret and it was a big disappointment. When you go to see Bozo, you want it to really be Bozo, not some guy dressed up in a Bozo costume.

I hadn't thought about my brief inclusion in greasepaint royalty for years until Ms. O'D surfaced with her claims of actually being a blood relative of Bozo the Clown. The marriage between my father and Princess Bozo, which was chronologically challenged to begin with, barely outlasted the honeymoon. They had about as much in common as Christine would have in common with the 99 other US Senators. Suddenly the whole subject bubbled from my subconscious and made me wonder about franchises and politicians and the authenticity of clowns.

Since John Quincy Adams carried forth his father's political legacy, American politicians have campaigned on the richness of their family's past public service. Roosevelt and Kennedy and Bush all represent minor dynasties and it is entirely in keeping with this tradition for Ms. O'D to claim descent from Bozo. Clowning is as present in the current of American politics as populism, liberalism or conservatism. But in light of Ms. O'D's penchant for resume enhancement, she fibbed about her college career and has downplayed her wiccan studies, her claims to clownly ancestry are also suspect. While she seems like a natural and can certainly get a laugh and works well in the side-shows, one has to wonder if she is really ready for the Big Top, the center ring.

The US Senate is the Big League of Buffoonery. Even pros like Colbert have trouble hanging there. It's a tough room. Notice that Al Franken, even with all his years of practical comic experience, has been keeping mum in deference to the mime-masters of the Senate. These clowns can juggle, ride unicycles, do pratfalls and get shot from cannons, all with the perfect dead-pan of their painted-on media faces. They are consummate clowns adept with all the tricks, the seltzer bottle, the pie-in-the-face, the filibuster. I don't want to get all Stephen King on you but these aren't nice clowns. Ms. O'D should think twice before she alienates her witch constituency, she may need some strong juju to avoid the dunking stool. They'll make her the senator-punk-clown. Every troupe of clowns has one, the smallest clown, bottom of the pecking order, the one who all the other clowns slap and when there is no smaller clown for her to slap, she turns to the audience with her out-turned palms and pitiful Emmett Kelly frown and says, "I am you."

Two of the greatest Senatorial Clowns, Lloyd Bentson and Dan Quayle, in their famous vice-presidential debate in 1988 demonstrated the type of cut-throat comedy these jokers are capable of. When Quayle set the joke up by comparing his inexperience to the inexperience of Jack Kennedy, Bentson spiked it with this punch-line, "Senator," he said, "I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy."

The Poet's Eye would like to say to Christine O'Donnell in this same spirit, "Ms. O'Donnell, you say your father is Bozo. Well, I knew Bozo. Bozo was briefly my step-grand-father-in-law. Christine, your father was no Bozo."

Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you, and I’m wondering what it is I should do. It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face. Losing control yeah I'm all over the place.

Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Here I am stuck in the middle with you. ---Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty

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TOPICS: Government; Humor; Politics; Society
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1 posted on 10/23/2010 5:17:56 PM PDT by Lrod
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To: Lrod

Anything you’d like to say about the bearded marxist?


2 posted on 10/23/2010 5:20:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Lrod

Wow, our newbie continues to post absolute idiocy.


3 posted on 10/23/2010 5:21:36 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Lrod

Became a member Oct 21, 2010 just so you could post this crap and promote your blog?

- JP


4 posted on 10/23/2010 5:22:34 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it." - Sarah Palin)
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To: Lrod

Hey bub.....new around here, aren’t ya??


5 posted on 10/23/2010 5:24:08 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Lrod
How bout we give you an indian name....sorry indigenous person's name. I dub thee, Smoking boots.

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6 posted on 10/23/2010 5:24:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Lrod

If O’Donnell’s Bozo was licensed by Harmon’s franchise, he was not a “faux Bozo.” (Harmon was a hard core lib, by the way)

This argument is like whining that if someone said her father-in-law was Santa Claus, that it wouldn’t be authentic unless it was the NYC Macy’s Santa Claus. The Chicago Marshall Field Santa Claus would be a mere poseur.


7 posted on 10/23/2010 5:24:21 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Ann Archy

We have a troll sighting here, I do believe.


8 posted on 10/23/2010 5:24:52 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Luke21

No kidding......REPORT ABUSE BUTTON ALERT!!


9 posted on 10/23/2010 5:25:38 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

hopefully he won’t be for long; around here, that is.


10 posted on 10/23/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT by Segovia (Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.)
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To: Lrod

In Before Zot!!!!!


11 posted on 10/23/2010 5:26:31 PM PDT by efs111 (Hasta La Vista, Baby!)
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To: cripplecreek

LMAO!


12 posted on 10/23/2010 5:27:11 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Lrod

You will be gone soon.


13 posted on 10/23/2010 5:27:16 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Lrod
Noob, Christine O'Donnell is light years ahead of Coons. Christine will represent the free enterprise system and Coons loves Karl Marx. An easier choice couldn't be imagined.
14 posted on 10/23/2010 5:28:20 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin says: "Buck-up or get out of the truck.")
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To: Lrod

IBTZ


15 posted on 10/23/2010 5:30:01 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Lrod
What the heck is this nonsense?

You know those password generators and Talk Like A Pirate Day name generators? I think you may be using an Words That Seem Like They Mean Something But Don't generator.

16 posted on 10/23/2010 5:30:23 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Lrod

Well, this BOZO has been eating to many MJ brownies.

He’s got it in his mind he is a blogosphere genius....


17 posted on 10/23/2010 5:30:32 PM PDT by Shamrock-DW
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To: Lrod

IBTZ!


18 posted on 10/23/2010 5:31:13 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Luke21

19 posted on 10/23/2010 5:32:15 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Lrod

20 posted on 10/23/2010 5:32:44 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Lrod

Blog pinp?

IBTZ


21 posted on 10/23/2010 5:32:47 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: Shamrock-DW
He’s got it in his mind he is a blogosphere genius....

Oh, but he's so very subtle. Lrod. Get it? Lightning rod!

Perfect for the maximum ZOT.

22 posted on 10/23/2010 5:33:41 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: CynicalBear

23 posted on 10/23/2010 5:34:32 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Lrod

I must have made a wrong turn when I came in the door...
Who r u and what r u doing here?


24 posted on 10/23/2010 5:35:03 PM PDT by marygam ((Obama is not a messiah, wake up folks!))
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To: Lrod
HARK! Is that a Ship I see on the Horizon!?

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25 posted on 10/23/2010 5:35:47 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Lord help our Armed Service members that they not become pawns in Hussein's quest to destroy America)
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To: Lrod
We already figured out you were one of the clowns. Nice of you let us know grandpa had a one night stand so you could claim a clown pedigree, though. Most of the clowns here just wear the face paint and big shoes without claiming to have come by them legitimately.

have a nice day

26 posted on 10/23/2010 5:36:34 PM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is already insane and sequestered on golf courses or vacations so you won't know it)
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To: Lrod

You, sir, are a douche....


27 posted on 10/23/2010 5:36:49 PM PDT by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
sniff—sniff.. Ozone?
28 posted on 10/23/2010 5:37:47 PM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin says: "Buck-up or get out of the truck.")
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To: JPG
sniff—sniff.. Ozone?

The smell sure is strong, isn't it?

29 posted on 10/23/2010 5:39:26 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Lrod

Whenever I see people scoffed at for seeking high office because they don’t measure up to someone’s expectations, I can’t help but recall my post college days in California.

George Murphy and S. I. Hayakawa were the senators. Murphy was an actor. S. I. was an English professor. From memory, nothing significant about Murphy’s contribution stands out, except, he was an actor. Ole S.I. was known for wearing a ‘Tam and sleeping durning committee meetings. I can recall the pictures.

I suspect Christine can’t do any worse. At least, she has the guts to try!


30 posted on 10/23/2010 5:39:37 PM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: Lrod
This is a subject I happen to know something about. Long ago, for one magic season, I was related by marriage to Bozo the Clown. I'm not making this up.

I'm sure that no one thinks you are.

31 posted on 10/23/2010 5:39:46 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Lrod

You might want to change the bong water.


32 posted on 10/23/2010 5:39:46 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Dr. Sivana
If O’Donnell’s Bozo was licensed by Harmon’s franchise, he was not a “faux Bozo.”

I noticed that psychotic liberal break from reality myself.

33 posted on 10/23/2010 5:41:38 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Lrod

IBTZ


34 posted on 10/23/2010 5:41:40 PM PDT by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: Lrod

You f’d up your own HTML.


35 posted on 10/23/2010 5:43:49 PM PDT by library user
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To: Lrod

Lrod: "Look at me. I post my blog from weeks ago."

36 posted on 10/23/2010 5:44:04 PM PDT by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: Ann Archy
No kidding......REPORT ABUSE BUTTON ALERT!!

What's the rush? Can't we play with it a while?

37 posted on 10/23/2010 5:45:31 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Lrod
Welcome to FR. I'm sure you would like to make a donation.

5.56mm

38 posted on 10/23/2010 5:46:20 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Diogenesis
Time to get the beeber ready....


39 posted on 10/23/2010 5:47:25 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Lrod

The left loves to slander anyone who isn’t a Democrat.


40 posted on 10/23/2010 5:49:03 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Lrod; darkwing104; Old Sarge; 50mm; Viking2002; rabscuttle385
Let's talk REAL bozos, lrod... starting with you.


41 posted on 10/23/2010 5:49:12 PM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

Is that 0fauxbozo or 0af-0-Bozo?


42 posted on 10/23/2010 5:51:06 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye

That candidate the Dems are runing from South Carolina is a real genius, isn’t he?

Our candidate can speak and knows what is in the first amendment.


43 posted on 10/23/2010 5:55:28 PM PDT by american_ranger
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To: TigersEye
Is that 0fauxbozo or 0af-0-Bozo?

That's Imam al Hussein O'bozo

44 posted on 10/23/2010 5:56:33 PM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Lrod
Do you smell the ozone, I smell the ozone.
Perhaps you should stand in a puddle of water to protect yourself.


45 posted on 10/23/2010 5:57:22 PM PDT by The Cajun
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To: american_ranger

Is that they guy who won his primary by accident? lol


46 posted on 10/23/2010 5:58:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Lrod

Zot.


47 posted on 10/23/2010 5:59:17 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: paulycy
That's Imam al Hussein O'bozo

Oh, yeah, the Irish guy. He was the original 0'bozo.

48 posted on 10/23/2010 6:00:14 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: Admin Moderator

49 posted on 10/23/2010 6:00:27 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: Lrod; 230FMJ; 50mm; A.Hun; abigailsmybaby; AFPhys; Aircop_2006; AliVeritas; Allegra; ...
Lighting rod got the ZOT!!!!

Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Viking Kitty/ZOT ping list!. . . don't be shy.

50 posted on 10/23/2010 6:01:12 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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