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Sunday, July 12, 2009


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“On the same program, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, said she wouldn’t indicate how she would vote, but told Mr. Cornyn that she found the judge [Sonia Sotomayor] ‘amazing’.”

Everyone exaggerates. Well, not everyone, obviously, but because that is obvious, it is understood that what is meant is "most everyone" does. It is also widely accepted that adjectives like "awesome", which literally means "awe inspiring", hardly ever modify nouns that inspire awe. For example, of the several page elements in this blog's left-hand sidebar, which use this word in the page-element's title, only the video of the 15 megaton thermonuclear test is truly awe inspiring; and, arguably, the "Awesome Blog" qualifies too.

But consider Feinstein's amazing remark that the second-rate Judge Sonia Sotomayor was "amazing". What is one to conclude from such an amazing pronouncement? Does the judge and/or her nomination cause [Feinstein] amazement, great wonder, or surprise? All of the above? Some of the above? None of the above? To me, it is amazing, in the "surprising" sense, that a President of the United States would scrape the bottom of the barrel of qualified judges for a Supreme-Court Justice nomination. Even more amazing, to me, that a United States Senator, albeit from the amazing state of California, would make such a vacuous pronouncement on national television.

It would have been far more appropriate for Feinstein to have twittered it instead. For she is an amazing twit, as is the judge, despite the latter's amazing wonderfulness of Latina-feminist superiority.

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1 comment:

  1. I never exaggerate. Which is, actually, a phenomenon of cosmic significance.

    I, too, am amazed we have elected a Teleprompter with a tie who had the amazing audacity to scrape the bottom of the barrel, kick the slats out, grab a shovel, dig deeply, and dredge up from the uttermost bowels of the 7th level of Diversity Hell a woman whose main credentials seem to be her sex, her birth in a New York housing project, and a Latina surname. Oh, and a law degree.

    That, mon ami, is amazing in every sense and nuance of the word.