February 14, 2009
Huzzah! The stimulus package passed. Not in time to save the Madison Rep, but maybe in time to save the nation. The 40-year-old Madison Rep has gone dark with two plays canceled. Not a good sign. If Madison can't or won't support an excellent rep theater, times are indeed tough. Perhaps the Congressional theater is all we need. Judd (short for Brutus) Gregg goes for Hamlet, etc.
Odd note. We were in the audience for what turned out to be the last performance of the Rep in 2009. No one made a pitch to the audience to save the rep even though one of their best performances was on stage.
DPI race has once again found a way to fly under the radar. No one knows there is a race. A pop-quiz--write down the names of the five candidates. See? Couldn't do it could you? There was a "forum" the other night, mislabeled "debate," in Madison, although the religious schools sponsoring the forum, I'm not kidding, had two candidates doing well. The odds-on favorite Tony Evers, and Todd Price, who made his opposition to school vouchers front and center. Vote next Tuesday. But before you do watch Karen Rybold-Chin's video of the forum/debate.
Let's end the week with a Calvin Trillin-induced smile.
"The Wall Street ways are mighty funny;
a bonus comes for losing money.
about this rule they're quite devout.
No wonder they need bailing out."
Thank The Nation for permitting us to share Trillin.
Okay, Mr. President. No Republican votes in the House; three in the Senate; Gregg tries to embarrass you, and, I would argue, Gates wants to get you bogged down in Afghanistan while keeping our troops in Iraq. Reach across the aisle? Evil Knievel maybe. You? Forget about it for a while.
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