Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Blog Quebecois has a nice reply to Barbra Steisand's memo to Senator John McCain.

John McCain has served this country. No one in this election is denying him that. But his selection of Governor Palin has demonstrated that he is willing to put his desperation to win this election above the welfare of the American people. As someone who has spent over 40 years advocating on behalf of women both politically and philanthropically, as someone who was a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton and as someone who cares deeply about the health and welfare of all women, hear me Senator McCain: "This calculated, cynical ploy to pull away a small percentage of Hillary's women voters from Barack Obama will not work. We are not that stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Dear Barbra,

As your new writing coach, may I offer some advice?

Contrary to popular opinion, decorating your sentences with excessive punctuation does not convey -- some might say it even detracts from -- the cogency of your argument!!!

Furthermore, the intensity of your feelings is best communicated by proper attention to word selection and cadence!!!!! Ending your, um, essay with nineteen (19) exclamation marks (I counted them) just makes you look . . . stupid!!!!!!!

On the positive side, at least she avoided writing all in caps, which is a popular technique for people of her age. If you have a theory, please use the comment form below.

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