This from Ann Althouse made me chuckle:
“Both campaigns live in fear of one thing: the last seven days of the election being a referendum on why they stink.”
Said Mike Murphy (the Republican strategist) on “Meet the Press”…
And the NPR host Audie Cornish chimed in:
“I think for that last few months, we’ve learned that any time one of them is under the spotlight, they get roughed up in the polls. They don’t look good. There’s never a time they’re in the spotlight and people say, “Gee, I think I like that person after all.”
It made me [Ann Althouse] think of the line from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”: “I frighten you. I am very ugly, am I not? Do not look at me…”
Wow, I had completely forgotten that movie, one of those I watched in my youth many times It was played incessantly on TV back on those non-PC days. Charles Laughton was amazing, fascinating—you just had to look at him, despite his asking you not to. He was like a walking, talking, King Kong (including his love for the beautiful lady, and the towering height of the building involved).
I didn’t understand a bit of it, really, but I loved it. I don’t recall a single thing about the twistings and turnings of the plot, nor any of the non-hunchback scenes. All I remember is Quasimodo himself, and of course Esmeralda the gypsy girl (who didn’t look anywhere near as gypsy-ish as I did). Laughton held nothing back, nothing: