Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Hitch thinks Obama started out in the primaries running to set up 2012, and was caught unprepared by the events and enthusiasms that propelled him into the lead.

That's my take too, though I'm not so sure about the people around Obama.

And I'm not sure, assuming that was the case, how Obama should have played it. He's kind of like the Robert Redford character in The Candidate who asks after they win, "Marvin...What do we do now?"

Clearly at this time Obama is unqualified to be POTUS, yet here he is with a 50-50 chance of winning.

The people I blame are the higher-ups in the Democratic party who should have known better, but instead out of Clinton rivalry and Camelot longings threw their lot in with this dangerous, leftie rookie.

Mark Daniels

Thanks for linking, Annie.



"Dangerous" seems too strong a word for him. (The left is using the same word for Palin.) That implies that he has some coherent Machiavellian agenda and the strength to carry it out. I don't see either. Naïveté and irresolution could be dangerous, of course, but more by what's not there than by what is.


It's a really good piece, Mark.


Hasn't Reynolds at Instapundit been saying this same thing about Obama? I thought he's mentioned it several times...

Donna B.

I think Obama is dangerous in the way you mention and that his being so irresolute may allow him to be easily be taken advantage of.


Your link "here's a concept" (subprime relationships) sent me into the Gawker writing. Yech! I much prefer your felicitious phrasings. Imagine having a mind that thought in those terms. A frontal lobotomy would be the only solution.


From the Hitchens piece: Here's a swift test. Be honest. What sentence can you quote from his convention speech in Denver?

Can't quote verbatim, but the line about "The Ownership Society: You're on your own" is the one that's stuck in my head. Surprised the Democrats haven't made more of that one.

Tom Strong

I can't read that headline without thinking of Jon Lovitz as Dukakis on SNL, way back when:

"I too am a swarthy person..."

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