I went downstairs last night and Blue Kid was watching the 7:00pm repeat of Hardball.
"Mom? He keeps saying 'Joe Sixpack'. He's said it a hundred times."
"I keep hearing it. They said it on the show before this. Why are they saying it? It's so ignorant."
"Because Sarah Palin said something like, 'It's time for Joe Sixpack to be represented by the Vice Presidency.'"
"Well, that's ignorant."
Chris Matthews cut to the clip of Katie Couric's interview where she asked Sarah Palin what newspapers or magazines she reads to stay informed.
Blue Kid said, "All of them? Any of them that have been in front of her?!"
"Every time she talks, she makes George Bush sound like a genius."
"Eh, I don't know. They seem like soulmates to me."
"Joe Biden says dumb things too, though."
"But, not like that!"
"I know. I read something a couple of days ago that said that there are literate BS'ers and illiterate liars. Joe Biden's the first and Sarah Palin's the second. And there are people who prefer listening to the first and people who prefer listening to the second."
He stopped and thought for a minute then said, "Who says?"
Blue Kid's never been much of a reader and I think it's because I've always wanted him to be one and I've always been too vocal about it. I got up, went over to the bookshelf, grabbed On Bullshit and On Truth and set them down on the coffee table in front of him.
He glanced at them but didn't say anything. After several minutes he said, "Well, I'll take the literate BS'er."
"Well then, you'd be called a Cosmopolitan Smartass as opposed to a Joe Sixpack. And Cosmpolitan Smartasses actually do read sometimes. So feel free to read any of them or all of them that are in front of you!"
He just rolled his eyes.
I probably shouldn't have pushed it. But, I'm figuring...what 16 year old Cosmopolitan Smartass can resist a book called On Bullshit?