I. Ok, so for all it's worth, here's my take on Peggy Noonan's latest column.
I've been reading Peggy's stuff for years. She's an interesting writer. By God, she came up with that ''thousand points of light'' line when she was a speechwriter for Papa Bush. I still don't know what the hell a thousand points of light means, but it sounds good to me, like some sort of hermetic Emily Dickinson thing.
Now, Peggy doesn't come up with any real catchy phrases in this week's column. But she has a point. There are a lot of people who are going to vote for Trump even if they thoroughly dislike his persona. I find that among friends, acquaintances, neighbors, even some family members. Peggy's right when she writes that it's looking bad for Trump right now but we don't really know what's going to happen come November 3rd.
This presidential campaign is unlike any other in American history. And I'm not talking about 19th or 20th Century history. I mean 2016. We can't even compare what's going on with what happened four years ago.
II. THE MILLENIAL AND ME I did a sort of tv pilot for a network. The producer pitted me on Zoom against a millenial woman who's way smarter than I am. It turned out that the millenial and I agree on a lot of stuff. It wasn't much of a debate, which I would have lost anyway. It was more like a free wheeling, sort of stream of consciousness conversation over a bottle of good Barolo wine and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Now I don't really know if if Barolo goes with that kind of cheese, but that's how I pair wine and cheese and pleasant conversation. And I can't tell right now if the Zoom pilot is a go or a total flop. But I enjoyed it.
By the way, one of the things I said was that it baffles me that in a nation with so many millenials and Gen Z youngsters in its population, national politics is dominated by so many oldies and maybe not- so- goodie figures.