Courtesy of David Graham at the Atlantic, here is video of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg just barely making his way through a speech on the occasion of the annual 4th of July Coney Island hot dog eating contest. The lame puns, strung together like so many old-timey frankfurters in a Marmaduke cartoon, leave him barely able to choke out the words, and he ends by asking what many politicians have longed to say, but lacked the courage to actually come right out and utter:

"Who wrote this shit?"

We have to agree with Graham on this:

One thing that's hard to dislike about Bloomberg is that he's often so plainspoken. It's not unusual that a politician would deliver such an aside; it is unusual that he would make sure everyone could hear him (hotmicmishaps are, of course, a different ballgame). That's also one trait that explains why hizzoner will never be president.

But as Joe Biden has demonstrated, this is no particular impediment to being Veep.

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Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.


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