Philip Green

January 7, 2021

“While Republican leaders stayed away from the remembrances at the Capitol, Ms. Cheney — who was ousted from her leadership post for speaking out against Mr. Trump — and her father stood solemnly with hands over their hearts.

Top Democrats, who regarded Mr. Cheney as a detested foe when he served under President George W. Bush, lined up to shake his hand and greet him warmly.”

What to say about this? It would make a very sweet Movie Moment, a version of the Standing O movie, which is one of my favorite genres. Think Karen Black walking out of the cockpit as the passengers stand up, in Airport.

And yet, “bittersweet” is hardly the word. At the moment, it seems more like fond farewells on the deck of the Titanic.

Philip Green

Philip Green

Emeritus Professor of Gov’t, Smith College, Visiting Professor, The New School, Editorial Board, The Nation, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Green_(author)