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Mike Parry’s Vizzini Impersonation

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 10, 2011

Ever see the film The Princess Bride? Or read the book on which it’s based? If you haven’t, please do so. (By the way, this is one of the rare films that’s better than the book — perhaps because the book’s author, William Goldman, wrote the screenplay and knew what to cut and what to keep — so if you must choose between the two, choose the movie.)

One of the more memorable, and silly, characters in both book and movie is that of the self-described criminal genius Vizzini, who is not half as smart as he thinks he is. He is forever setting up allegedly foolproof plans that turn out to be not what he claims them to be, and whenever one of his plans fails, his usual response is to angrily declaim “Inconceivable!” As one of his henchmen, Inigo Montoya, tells him: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

There’s another person I know of who keeps trying to pull what he thinks are clever stunts that never quite work out the way he thinks they should, then keeps having rather entertaining public hissy fits as a result: That would be newly-elected Minnesota State Senator Mike Parry, a Republican from Waseca.

Senator Parry, whose first claim to, erm, fame was, as noted by Sally Jo Sorensen at Bluestem Prairie nearly a year and a half ago, a) getting caught making racist and homophobic Tweets on Twitter and b) getting caught trying to erase all record of them, is now in the news for trying to erase words written in a letter by the State Commander of the American Legion so as to make the letter seem to say something it doesn’t. Namely, he leaves out the bulk of the letter to make it seem as if the State Commander is straightforwardly praising Parry and other Capitol Republicans for their promise to hold veterans harmless in the state budget, when in fact the State Commander had made two suggestions to Parry as to how they could keep their promise — suggestions that neither Parry nor his fellow Republican caucus members seem interested in heeding. In fact, the full text of the letter indicates that the State Commander, Tom Lannon, made the suggestions as a way to hold Parry and Morrie Lanning, who chairs the House’s Veterans Committee, to the promises they made. That’s not the move of a man who’s overly confident that Parry or Lanning will keep their promises without compulsion.

Here’s Two Putt Tommy over at MN Progressive Project on the subject, and here Sally Jo Sorensen is good enough to provide the full text of Commander Lannon’s letter.

In this day and age, it’s, well, inconceivable that anyone would think one could get away with the sort of ridiculous spinning that Mike Parry’s trying. But then again, this is the guy who thought he could erase his racism and bigotry from his Twitter history and get away with it.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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