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Monday, January 24, 2005

Nahm!

Why do lots of people, including myself, believe that Norm Coleman is fake? Because many parts of him are.

Atrios has an important ethical question, but I have a question that's a little less serious: Is plastic surgery a good old-fashioned Minnesota value, or one of those decadent liberal Hollywood values?

Is obvious plastic surgery an appropriate topic with regards to elected officials? Normally, I would say no. But then I think back to all the "Botox: Yes or No?" questions of last year, and my guilt pangs go away.

2 Comments:

At 9:49 PM, January 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to use the title of your post to flog a pet peeve of mine. I've always assumed that phonetic spelling of the Senator without Principle (TM)'s first name, which I see a lot, is a reference to Norm's origins and his enduring strong outerborough New York accent. If that's right, the trouble is that that phonetic spelling is actually much closer to how a New Englander than a Brooklynite would pronounce it. The Brooklyn version would have to be something like "Noowahm" or "Naw'am."

In any case, it seems to me the issue with those photos is less that Norm had some work done on his teeth than that some bizarre sequence of events led to the appearance of such graphic closeup photos of his teeth and gums on a website available to all. It's a demonstration of the wonders and horrors of the internet age.

 
At 9:52 PM, January 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to use the title of your post to flog a pet peeve of mine. I've always assumed that phonetic spelling of the Senator without Principle (TM)'s first name, which I see a lot, is a reference to Norm's origins and his enduring strong outerborough New York accent. If that's right, the trouble is that that phonetic spelling is actually much closer to how a New Englander than a Brooklynite would pronounce it. The Brooklyn version would have to be something like "Noowahm" or "Nooo'am."

In any case, it seems to me the issue with those photos is less that Norm had some work done on his teeth than that some bizarre sequence of events led to the appearance of such graphic closeup photos of his teeth and gums on a website available to all. It's a demonstration of the wonders and horrors of the internet age.

 

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