Angry New Yorker

Sunday, September 05, 2004
Despite all the blatantly partisan political drek on NPR, we've always enjoyed Garrison Keillor and his Praire Home Companion series, so it was a deep disappointed to note Mr. Keillor's August 26th screed published In These Times. (Available at Mr. Keillor made his name in harkening back to a simpler small-town age populated by laconic Lutherans out on the big-sky praire. Yet, his essay could have been written by a Beverly Hills liberal with such astonishing depications as:
"The party of Lincoln and Liberty was transmogrified into the party of
hairy-backed swamp developers and corporate shills, faith-based economists,
fundamentalist bullies with Bibles, Christians of convenience, freelance
racists, misanthropic frat boys, shrieking midgets of AM radio, tax cheats,
nihilists in golf pants, brownshirts in pinstripes, sweatshop tycoons, hacks,
fakirs, aggressive dorks, Lamborghini libertarians, people who believe Neil
Armstrong’s moonwalk was filmed in Roswell, New Mexico, little honkers out to
diminish the rest of us, Newt’s evil spawn and their Etch-A-Sketch president, a
dull and rigid man suspicious of the free flow of information and of secular
institutions, whose philosophy is a jumble of badly sutured body parts trying to

Thanks for the pleasant hours of gentle radio fun, Mr. Keillor. We're only sorry that the mid-west spirit you milk weekly hasn't actually had an effect upon you.

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