The dream of ‘Islamophobia,’ &c.

Scene from The Learning Channel series All-American Muslim.


With the retirement of Saxby Chambliss, there will be an open Senate seat in Georgia. This Associated Press report tells us that two House members have announced they are going for the Republican nomination: Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, “both conservative physicians.”

Interesting. Congressman Tom Price is from Georgia, and he too is a conservative Republican physician. What is it about conservative physicians and the Georgia congressional delegation? More broadly, what is it about conservatism, physicians, and politics? It seems to me that doctors in politics tend to be conservative.

(By the way, I said Price was from Georgia, and he is, in a way. But his English is pure Michigan. I discovered he was from my home state when I met him. Listening to him, I thought I was at home.)

This is a funny story. Someone, or some committee, wrote a song in honor of Holland’s incoming king, Willem-Alexander. According to the article I’ve linked to, the lyrics “urge people to raise three fingers — forming the W of Willem — while singing.”

I thought of our presidential campaign in 2000. Governor Bush said, “If Al Gore invented the Internet, how come all the addresses begin with W., W., W.!” He would hold up his hand in a W sign, and his crowds would do the same.

Ah, memories . . .

So, Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman, is making a comeback. Apparently, he wants to run for mayor, again. Can he overcome his “sex scandal”? Frankly, I thought his district would have reelected him — but he resigned before giving them the chance. I’m not sure the American public holds such immorality against a guy.

(You know the Groucho Marx joke, don’t you? “If I told you you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?” I’m not sure it was Groucho — it was somebody.)

Think of Bill Clinton: He left office more popular than ever, I think. And today, he’s something like America’s Sweetheart. Just about the most popular person in public life, right? What do people think of George W. Bush? Or Ken Starr?

I’m not sure that Anthony Weiner has anything to worry about in today’s America. Then again, I’m in a bit of a cynical mood . . .

Have you heard that Jane Fonda is going to play Nancy Reagan in a movie? She is. And a lot of Reagan fans don’t like that. I guess the governing principle should be, Acting is acting.

I remember way back to 1980 — that was the year Reagan was elected, of course, but I’m thinking of something else: There was a movie called Playing for Time, about musicians in Auschwitz. And Vanessa Redgrave played such a musician-inmate. This upset a lot of people, because Redgrave was pretty much the PLO moll.

Another memory from 1980? Jane Fonda reacted to the presidential election this way: “Ronald Reagan was a lousy actor and he’ll make a lousy president.”

Wrong again, Jane.

This headline made me slightly dizzy — see what you think: “Ex-bishop’s widow wants optional priestly celibacy.” (Story here.)

Shall we end with a little music? This has been kind of a short Impromptus, but you have enough to read. I thought I might remark on the death of Sir Colin Davis, the British conductor. I won’t say much — I have written about him a lot over the years. He was one of the best conductors we’ve had. He was known for Mozart, Berlioz, and Sibelius in particular, I would say — along with the British composers. But he was a complete musician, a musician without specialty, really.

You will not find a better Messiah than his. I mean this one.

From time to time, I’ve spoken of the three B’s of British conducting: Beecham, Boult, and Barbirolli. There needs to be a D, for Davis, to go with those B’s.

I’m traveling, so am not sure I’ll be scribbling at you again this week, but have a good one, regardless.

To order Jay Nordlinger’s book Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World, go here. To order his collection Here, There & Everywhere, go here.


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