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A zeitgeist sanity check project
on November 12, 2010
Willie Geist, apparently tired of having to bite his tongue about the "freak show" that he himself is still a reluctant part of, decided to write about other freaks inhabiting the globe, beginning with the last standing but rapidly dying superpower: the American Republic.
The best evidence that we are indeed a dying republic, is not just the list of mostly American characters Geist satirizes here, but the fact that the "Mourning Joe show," (pun intended, an hour long collection of a million advertisements, interspersed with Joe Scarborough's always incoherent ramblings), is the best the country has to offer during the hours of 6-9 am.
The biggest freak of that show is the insufferably egotistical rightwing jackass host, Joe Scarborough, who lacks even the minimum awareness to know that his views are only slightly to the left of, and only slightly less rank and incoherent than those of Sarah Palin. Meka Brzezinski (Joe's female co-host and much abused masochistic sidekick) at least has no excuses, for clearly she comes from good genetic stock. But Joe, even for the rightwing, (and of whatever is his lowly genetic stock) is clearly a lost cause.
Geist had to do something before he loses his mind and goes completely batty. This book is obviously his own self-approved sanity check project. It showcases other freaks out in the firmament: from Tiger Woods, Bernie Madoff and Dick Cheney, to Lindsay Lohan and everyone's favorite idiot and freak, ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Although all of the entries are LOL funny, the best two in my view are the "Presidential Book," in the "Obama versus Dick Cheney: late night in the White House Kitchen," and the "Bernard Madoff: Welcome to Hell" roast.
Geist finally gets to "let loose" and flex his considerable intellectual muscles. We are all better for it. When he can no longer take it, he's got a career away from his day job. Four stars.