Simpson's Defense Team Inspired Republicans
As a tribute to the late Dominick Dunne, I've been rereading his excellent novel/memoir about his time covering the O.J. Simpson trial, called, "Another City, Not My Own."
Having watched the Simpson criminal and civil trials from gavel to gavel, I found Dunne the one reporter whose views were closest to mine. In fact, I never disagreed with any of his statements.
In rereading the book, all the dormant anger and resentment I felt toward the smarmy defense team came back to life.
And it dawned on me, today's Republican party consists of hoards of politicians with the same slimy style and lack of scruples as Team O.J..
With this health care legislation, they have lied, cajoled and manipulated the facts, and recited them with such brutal repetition, they remind me exactly of the Simpson defense team.
Emboldened by excessive media coverage, it seems the Republicans are trying to out crazy each other. They're stirring up the ignorant masses and they don't consider the consequences. They speak of the Second Amendment as if it's Biblical; they encourage their constituency to openly pack heat, disrupt town hall meetings, depict Obama as a devil, a foreigner, Islamic...you know the drill, anything goes.
Bottom line, Republican politicians consider their Democratic colleagues enemies, not only enemies, but evil, racist, Socialists, Communists, Marxists, and the piece de resistance, Nazis.
Emboldened by excessive media coverage, the Simpson defense team also amped up the drama as the case neared its end.
Who can forget Johnny Cochran wearing the blue wool cap? Or Barry Scheck torturing Dennis Fung? Or F. Lee Bailey using the word "nigger" a dozen times when he had Mark Fuhrman on the stand, to the point where most of the jurors were ready to attack. Remember the glove? How about Cochran rapping to the jury:
"If the glove don't fit
you must acquit
If you think he did it
You don't know shit"
No wonder I'm always angry about politics--this is the goddamn Simpson trial all over again. And Obama is acting like Christopher Darden.