The Age of Hog and Hominy

Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Pa., March 10, 2020. Reuters/Brendan McDermid Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Pa., March 10, 2020. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid)
The United States of America cannot be governed by platitude.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE E dna Ferber, author of Giant, had a great ear for one of the subtlest American dialects: High Texan Bulls***, the mother tongue of almost every politician to make it from the Lone Star State to the national stage, from Lyndon Johnson to Ross Perot to George W. Bush to Rick Perry. “It was part of the Texas ritual,” Ferber wrote. “We’re rich as son-of-a-bitch stew but look how homely we are, just as plain-folksy as Grandpappy back in 1836. We know about Champagne and caviar but we talk hog and hominy.”

(If only for the phrase “rich as son-of-a-bitch stew,” Ferber

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