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January 15, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

QUOTE OF THE DAY....From an unnamed British civil servant, explaining the the "erection theory of British foreign policy":

If you fly into Camp David on a helicopter, it's instant arousal. But if you have to go to a European summit in Brussels, it's so depressing you're impotent for a week.

Via Dan Drezner.

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George Carlin had this all figured out years ago.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot on January 15, 2008 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

I can't figure out if this is just an example of another incomprehensible brit fetish or an indication that the Wahabi sect prudes on flight 93 knew something we didn't.

Posted by: B on January 15, 2008 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

All I know is this thread is crying for craigie's participation.

Posted by: shortstop on January 15, 2008 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

Odd--I thought that under a parliamentary system elections followed a loss of confidence.

Posted by: declines to state on January 15, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

The arousal one feels when flying to Camp David is known as the Guckert Affect.

Posted by: Brojo on January 15, 2008 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm. Power attracts people because it is fun. Who would have thought? I like this explanation far better than the psychopathological one (not to say it doesn't apply at times). Somehow this reminds me of something I heard on a Firesign Theatre record I've got: "Look, it responds to power just like we do!"

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on January 15, 2008 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

I'm thinking about the Lincoln Bedroom sellouts and the double erection that must involve.

Posted by: SocraticGadfly on January 15, 2008 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

Oh my god, George, your erection of power is making me wet — Condi

Posted by: Condi Rice aka Ms. George W. Bush on January 15, 2008 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Those Brits must be easily pleased. Is the arousal going to increase or decrease if they're flying in to meet Rudy in drag?

Posted by: tomeck on January 15, 2008 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

The British Diplomatic Corps is the last refuge of those unaffected even by Cialis.

Posted by: gregor on January 15, 2008 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

If your erection lasts longer then four hours, please contact your embassy.

Posted by: E Henry Thripshaw on January 15, 2008 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK
The arousal one feels when flying to Camp David is known as the Guckert Affect.

Brojo FTW ...

Posted by: kenga on January 15, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Well, that certainly put a smile on my face. Live it to the Brits.

Posted by: Mazurka on January 15, 2008 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

Well, Dan Drezner would know, wouldn't he?

That certainly explains the mystery of why a guy as smart as Drezner has been such a Republican apologist most of the past decade.

Posted by: nemo on January 15, 2008 at 9:03 PM | PERMALINK

While that seems to have been true for PM Blair it doesn't seem to have been true for the majority of PMs or Presidents rooted in reality.

That has probably been a greater part of the problem these last few years.

A conjunction of dreamers.

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