Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Burning coals to Kerry's lips.
Bill Clinton was mighty fun to watch last night. (I was sitting at the bar in Upstairs on the Square with Mrs Philocrites and two politics-loving friends, sipping our way through the evening's speeches.) My two cents to add to all the rhetorical analysis today is that Clinton very subtly connected with biblically alert church goers with a refrain in the second half of his speech: "Send me." That's not just any old phrase, and it moved his speech into a rhetorical groove with a long history. It was a nice touch.
On the way home, Mrs Philocrites and I amused each other by humming the overused Catholic pop hymn, "Here I Am, Lord." One of us suggested that Kerry could use a live coal from the tongs of the previous Democratic president. (It was late, drinks were consumed, I can't remember which of us thought of it, but some enterprising political cartoonist could draw a nice seraphim with Clinton's nose alighting near a dazzled Kerry-Isaiah. Or, maybe not. Like I said, it was late.)
Unfortunately, I was paying no attention to Jimmy Carter — his drawl made him impossible to understand on the bar TV — or to the minister who served with Kerry in Vietnam, so I can't comment on the homiletical influences in the two other speakers most likely to have had a bit of church in their speeches.
Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 27 July 2004 at 5:41 PM