wisdom in old movies
Last night I went with a school chum to the beautiful old-movie-showing theatre
and saw a Cary Grant flick, The Talk of the Town
. There's a scene in it when a senator comes to the summer cottage of this law prof and tells him that the president would like to appoint him to the Supreme Court. Then
, almost as an aside, the exchange goes something very much like this:
SENATOR: By the way, what party do you belong to?
LAW PROF: Oh, I belong to nether party. I vote how I feel is right, on the issue or for the person.
SENATOR: Ah, good, good! An independent voter. The backbone
of our country.
Wow. So 64 years ago it was good to be an independent, and the Supreme Court wasn't built on party lines (with particular parties having to pray that their members didn't die or have to otherwise resign so as to be replaced by scary members of the other party). Interesting.
In other news, went to a spectacular restaurant before the movie: Lavanda
. So for my Palo Alto (and surrounding area) readers, which I believe includes only myself, my boss, Dr. Free-Ride
, and Liz Ditz
, I highly recommend the place.
Labels: movies, politics