Et tu, W?

A blogger who calls himself Dylan has written a terrific parody of Mark Antony’s funeral address in Julius Caesar, which, instead of being about Brutus stabbing Caesar, is about Bush stabbing the conservatives by nominating Miers. The author says he wrote the whole thing in an hour and a half. Here’s a sample:

She was an unknown, undistinguished and of no importance to me:
But Bush says she is conservative;
And Bush is an honorable man.
She hath brought unqualified minorities home to our universities,
Whose enrollments did diversity expand:
Did this in Miers seem conservative?
When that the gay lobby has whined, Miers hath responded;
Conservatism should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Bush says she is a conservative;
And Bush is an honorable man.

And how about this:

You all had never heard of her once,—not without cause:
What cause forces, then, to confirm her?
O judgment, thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And Senators have lost their reason!

And this:

But yesterday any word of Miers might
Have gone unnoticed in all the world: now stands she there,
And none so desperate they will not do her reverence.

To see what a brilliant job the author did with this, compare his parody with Shakespeare’s original. See, for example, how he turned the following lines into the lines quoted above:

He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
He hath brought many captives home to Rome,
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 10, 2005 10:55 PM | Send

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