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I Got Chunks Of Guys Like You In My Stool

Last night, I came up with just what I wanted Joe Biden to say in his debate with Paul Ryan tonight.

The line comes from an old Saturday Night Live sketch based on the McLaughlin Group. The Group has been around forever.  They start a topic and then yell at each other until the moderator changes the subject.

On SNL, they called it The Sinatra Group.  The late, great Phil Hartman played Frank Sinatra as a tough, old school guy who took no crap from anyone. Mike Myers, Victoria Jackson, Chris Rock, Jan Hooks and that weeks guest host Sting were also in the sketch.

Sting, playing Billy Idol, had just called Sinatra a “bloody old fart”.

That is when Phil Hartman delivers the line you see as the title of this post.  He bites off every word. “I got CHUNKS of guys like you in my STOOL!”  Hartman later said he almost broke up because of the absurdity of the line.

For the record, I have the utmost respect for Mr. Sinatra and I don’t think that was meant to be an accurate depiction of him.

What does this have to do with the debate tonight, you ask?

I think the Vice-President needs to smack down Mr. Ryan every time he lies.  Which will be often.

I predict that somewhere along the way Ryan will look at the camera, and in his lamest attempt to look sincere, he will accuse Biden of being too negative.  Biden will suggest Ryan should stop lying. Ryan will say something a little sharper.  Biden will calmly knock him back.  Ryan will get angry and escalate the rhetoric. Finally, Biden will wheel on him and give him a tongue-lashing. I hope he makes Ryan cry.

But my real desire is for Biden to use that line.

Twitter would explode.

Chris Matthews  would explode.

With any luck, Fox News would explode.

In other news, check out Dana Milbank’s latest writing on the House hearings yesterday.  He writes for the Washington Post and he has an under-reported angle on the killing of Chris Stephens and the three other men.  Turns out there may have been a C.I.A. outpost at the compound that was attacked.that sheds some light on the confusing explanations about the attack and the aftermath.

During the hearing yesterday, the committee may have inadvertently spilled the beans in their haste to gain political points against the administration.

If it was an outpost for the C.I.A., the committee just put a lot of other places and people in danger. I hope that doesn’t happen but if it does it is on Mr. Issa and Mr. Chaffetz.








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6 thoughts on “I Got Chunks Of Guys Like You In My Stool

  1. Elizabeth on said:

    I cam imagine it now. What a lovely sight! Can you imagine if all politicians were.called out for their lies?

  2. I knew what the title was from immediately. I love that somewhere, before I even knew you, before Twitter was even a thing, we were both giggling over Phil Hartman’s hysterical Sinatra impersonation. (I’m a huge Sinatra fan, too, but that doesn’t stop it from being funny!) My brother and I actually still say this line sometimes when we’re talking about someone we can’t stand. It always cracks us up.

    I’m going to have to skip the debates AGAIN. Too much to do, even though I’m home! Tomorrow’s going to be insane and I have to be prepared, sigh. You’ll tell me what happens? Pretty please? *blinks winningly*

  3. I quoted this to someone the other day. I’m not sure what the context was. I guess it really doesn’t matter.

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