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I DIDN’T WATCH TEH WON’S political grandstand play the other night because — check it out, those of you who did watch it — did he say anything that wasn’t cynically predicted beforehand? Show of hands? No? No? Well, there you go.

And… did he exhibit in the least an ability to learn from his prior mistakes — hell: to admit he’s made mistakes? (There’s something he inherited from Dubya — that inability to admit his mistakes </sarc>.)

And now — with a crystalline illustration in-hand — you should be able to apprehend the parallel between the aphorism of the post turtle and the derisive term affirmative action hire.

An old rancher is talking about politics with a young man from the city. He compares a politician to a “post turtle”. The young man doesn’t understand and asks him what a post turtle is.

The old man says, “When you’re driving down a country road and you see a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle. You know he didn’t get up there by himself. He doesn’t belong there; he can’t get anything done while he’s up there; and you just want to help the poor, dumb thing down.”


It’s hilarious to me that, in the notable usages section of the Wikipedia article, there is no reference whatsoever to Barack Obama, whose utter ineptitude for the office of President brought the phrase to the fore. And there’s a citation applying the term to Dubya from — of all people — Molly Ivins, the ur progenitor of Bush Derangement Syndrome from a time before there were Bushes to be deranged about.

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