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Tempting the wrath...

“Don’t underestimate the capacity of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Don’t underestimate our ability to screw it up.”  -- Barack Obama, Thursday, October 16, 2008

You must read this article from Politico columnist Roger Simon, because it is hilarious (also very true):
 
 
"Obama has a money problem. And you know what it is? He might run out of time to spend all the money he has! Election Day might come and go before Obama can spend the $5 million a day he is now raising. (If this does happen, I suggest he borrow a page from Oprah and buy everyone in America a Pontiac. Just as a gesture.)"

This part is funny, too:
"And rumors are now flying that McCain has proof that when Obama was in the second grade he once ate paste."
 
You know what this reminded me of, right? 

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From "Election Night," episode 4.07:


LARRY
The teachers have 500 red and blue Bartlet-Hoynes banners. That, plus 600
from building trades.

SAM
No.

LARRY
I'm sorry?

SAM
No.

LARRY
Why?

SAM
The partisanship's over. We elected a President. This is for everybody.
No banners tonight; the American flag.

C.J.
Okay, but we're using the seal and I'll put Senate and House leadership
up there.

SAM
No balloons, no confetti.

C.J.
Why?

SAM
It's not a party.

C.J.
It is a party.

SAM
Yeah, but we won. We don't have to pander.

TOBY
Please don't say that.

C.J.
On your birthday, don't we pander to you?

SAM
Not as much as I'd like.

TOBY
I'm not kidding.

C.J.
What are you babbling about?

TOBY
We haven't won anything yet.

C.J.
The speech is done.

TOBY
Two speeches are done.

C.J.
What's the second?

TOBY
I've got a speech if he wins, I've got a speech if he doesn't.

SAM
You wrote a concession?

TOBY
Of course I wrote a concession. You want to tempt the wrath of the whatever
from high atop the thing?

SAM
No.

TOBY
Then go outside, turn around three times and spit. What the hell's the matter
with you?

SAM
It's like 25 degrees outside.

TOBY
Go.

JOSH
Hello.

C.J.
[in foreign accent] Oh, Mr. Lyman. I see your picture in the magazine. Tell
me, if I swallow my ballot, does it still...?

JOSH
A little election day humor-- that's great.

SAM
He wrote a concession speech.

JOSH
Of course he wrote a concession speech. Why wouldn't he? What possible reason
would he have for not writing a concession speech?

SAM
The wrath from high atop the thing.

TOBY
He upped and said we were gonna...

JOSH
No, you got to go outside, turn around three times and curse.

TOBY
Spit.

JOSH
Spit and curse.

TOBY
Do everything. Go!

JOSH
Go!

TOBY
Go!

JOSH
Go!

TOBY
Go!

JOSH
These things have a half-life. You just can't..
.

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And later...

C.J.
Did you...?

SAM
Yes, I turned, I cursed, I spat, it froze.

C.J.
Can't be too careful.

SAM
I think you can.
 

Many thanks to West Wing Transcripts for the quotes!

Comments

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segsig
Oct. 23rd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
That is a great article! And of course the appropriate WW reference.

On a serious note, I don't like that first Obama quote at all. And I'm still stomach wrenching nervous about the whole dang thing; not that the dems will blow it, but the repugs will STEAL it.
13_pines
Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
I'm nervous about it, too. AP polling has them running neck-and-neck! Yikes! What makes it even worse is that I live in a very red area so all I hear is how Obama is "a secret Muslim" and he "wants to take away all our guns." Mmm...no.

I would probably be less freaked out if I could just NOT pay attention to the news for the next 13 days. I really think doing that would prevent me from going crazy. The only problem with is...I WORK FOR A NEWSPAPER! Grrr!
segsig
Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Me again! Almost anything in life can remind me of a piece of WW, but I saw this headline - GOP Donors Upset Over Palin's Pricey Threads: "I'd Like My Money Back" - you've got to know what popped into my mind!
13_pines
Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Ooo...I'm guessing it's this? ;-)

DONNA
We have a 32 billion dollar surplus for the first time in three decades.

JOSH
Yes.

DONNA
Republicans in Congress want to use this money for tax relief right?

JOSH
Yes.

DONNA
Essentially what they're saying is, they wanna give back the money.

JOSH
Yes.

DONNA
Why don't we wanna give back the money?

JOSH
'Cause we're Democrats.

DONNA
But it's not the government's money!

JOSH
Sure it is. It's right there in our bank account.

DONNA
That's only because we collected more money than we ended up needing.

JOSH
Isn't it great?

DONNA
I want my money back.

JOSH
Sorry.

DONNA
We're not done with this.

JOSH
I didn't think so.


There's also that one from "Game On" when Bartlet's debating Ritchie: "Can we have it back, please?"

*sigh* I miss West Wing.
segsig
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Exactly the one, but you're right also about the Ritchie quote being apropos. I just think J/D first.
kaprin02
Oct. 23rd, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Hey, Pines.

It's been funny. My sisters (who are big WW fans also) and I have been quoting that about every other day in relation to something that gets said on the news or by the candidates. So much so, that the other day we did it in front of my mom (who doesn't watch WW) and she still picked up on the reference.

I haven't seen you over at the keytus threads lately. Maybe that's because I've been somewhat scarce, but I've missed talking with you! :)
13_pines
Oct. 24th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Everything reminds me of WW these days!

I haven't been over to keytus in a couple of weeks. Mostly just because I've been so busy with work that by the time I get home I'm completely exhausted and not really in a chatty mood. I definitely need to drop by and say hi!
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