Harry Hope's Saloon

This blog takes it's name from the setting for O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh -- a lousy gin-mill; a smoked-out, greasy dive where the habitues have all landed, it seems, permanently. Their lives, in each case, are paralyzed by fear and laziness. Like my own.

Thursday, September 23, 2004


So instantly this whole diversion over the 60 Minutes, forged Bush-slacking documents has been dubbed "Rathergate."

Interesting how the -gate suffix has become so fixed over time. Contragate, Nannygate, Travelgate, Monicagate ... well, here's a fuller listing ... if you exclude the most recent entry.

On one level this is just tedious and unimaginative. But on a deeper level, it strikes me as sort of sinister. There is something in the compact economics of this apellation that just seems to foreclose whatever issues are connected to the event at hand - which is probably not entirely unintentional. Everybody understands what the suffix means, just as everybody understands that Hitler was evil. There isn't anything more to be said.


Looking back now, should we start referring to the original as Watergategate?


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