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Is the world really so different now? Senator Albert Gore, Sr. at the DNC in 1968 reflects on how in 1964, LBJ promised we would not send our boys to a land war in Asia, and won by a 64% landslide. But within a few months, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution is passed by Congress giving the Administration a blank check to rapidly escalate the Vietnam War. Gore reminds the delegates how costly this has been.

buckley.jpgOh! Better than that! Olde tymey culture wars: William F. Buckley Jr.and Gore Vidal go at it. Vidal: "the only pro or crypto-Nazi here is yourself." Buckley: "Now listen, you queer, you stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I'll sock you in the goddamn face..."

[More 1968 clips, courtesy Joi Ito]

  • Totally zany David Hasselhoff video [via Liberry Blooze]

  • Go buy yourself a logo. Only $20. I like "Mascot Edition."

  • I'm digging the KRNL webcast and they played this one jangly rock song that goes, "Who's sorry now? Who's sorry noooow? Yeah yea yeah yeah". Anybody know what I'm talkin' bout? Who is that? Is there a stupid-ass law that says you can't list songs played online? I think there is. WTF.

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    Is anyone else as disturbed by this whole "snorks'n'pings" thing as I am?

    The frustrating thing about the Hasselhoff video is that at no point does his lip-synching in any way match the song. For awhile I was wondering if the video was fake, but it seems to be legit. There's another "the sting is on"-style video at his official site, and I think we could adapt the plot of "Legacy" for Chico and Sal.

    Posted by: jonathan at Feb 27, 2004 8:58:13 AM

    I love that Buckley/Vidal clip. I wish that "wealthy accent" of obscure origins would come back. It disappeared sometime in the early '80s and I can't believe how wonderful it sounds when used to thereaten violence. "See here, you, if we can't re-negotiate the terms of this parley I will certainly be forced to engage in what one might call 'fisticuffs' or something...yes, yes..."

    Posted by: jonathan at Feb 27, 2004 1:04:08 PM

    Indeed. Perhaps the Koven could bring it back.

    One of my favorite parts is after Buckley threatens to bash Vidal, it's hard to hear but Vidal says "Let's go". But he says it on such a lezzzhurely, smooth scotch-and-velvet fashion you wonder if he's inviting Buckley to fisticuffs or to a naughty romp.

    Posted by: Chuck at Feb 27, 2004 2:59:08 PM

    I have a huge crush on Gore Vidal. To quote George Jones, who's gonna fill his shoes? his novels "Burr" and "Lincoln" are absolutely essential reading, especially during election years, when 'what America means' keeps coming up in the debates

    Another of my favorite lefty (or seemingly lefty) writers of all time was Murray Kempton, and I was shocked to see his final collection, "Rebellions Perversities, and Main Events", was dedicated to William F. Buckley! ("genius at friendships of the kind that passes all understanding")

    A weird debased snobby-hipster form of Buckley's aristocratic accent is still pretty common in New Haven. I once heard a recording of e.e. cummings reading his poems, and he sounded eerily like Buckley to me. Even weirder was listening to John Berryman, who had the same accent, but much more psychotic and engaging.

    Posted by: m.a.d. at Feb 27, 2004 6:48:14 PM

    That video is hilarious. It does almost seem like they're flirting. When Buckley says "listen you queer," Gore Vidal smiles in response. Weird.

    I wish there were still debates like that on TV. Both men are quite well-spoken, but Vidal especially. It seems like everyone is getting stupider as time goes by.

    Posted by: spacewaitress at Feb 27, 2004 8:01:01 PM

    Gore Vidal is awesome, though Buckley once impressed me as the only voice of reason in a poorly reasoned debate about legalizing drugs...Buckley was pro-drug legalization. Rep. Rangel from New York was extremely flatulent.

    Posted by: jonathan at Feb 27, 2004 9:22:02 PM

    uh...that should say "poorly argued," but you get the point.

    Posted by: jonathan at Feb 27, 2004 9:31:33 PM