Wednesday, October 06, 2004

The Politics of Cute

JOHN EDWARDS IS SO DAMN CUTE! And in Smartmom's opinion, he WON Tuesday's sharp-edged debate hands-down with confidence, charm, intelligence and such a way with words.

Okay, he's a skilled litigator with a drop dead smile. But wasn't it SO OBVIOUS that he beat Mr. Dour Chaney's butt big time. And you gotta love the way Edwards said, "Oops, I broke the rules again." That was just so adorable. It was probably one of the top five cute moments of the evening. And Mr. Dour Chaney wasn't cute once -- Smartmom think's he's cute-proof, doesn't have an ounce of cute in him. But Edwards, Edwards is so cute, he not only outshines the current VP but also beams brighter than our long-chined candidate, the man who's gonna defeat Bush on November 2nd -- he's just got to.

Earlier in the evening, Smartmom attended the ZUZU's PETALS benefit party at the Fifth Avenue restaurant, COQUOTTE. The fee for entry was a $100 donation to help Zuzu re-build her store in a Fifth Avenue storefront. The contribution will be a store credit for all those generous enough to cough up the big bucks. Smartmom drank California Chardonney with Best & Oldest (Smartmom's constant companion since Fifth Grade) and Warm & Funny (a dear friend and fellow Writer and Drinker). The B&O and W&F are among* the wittiest people Smartmom knows and the conversation was, as expected, spirited, spicy and SUCH fun.

Best & Oldest was accompanied by her very poised 13-year-old daughter who had raised $100 at a rather ambitious bake sale for ZUZU's PETALS, reminding Smartmom of the days when she and Best & Oldest used to make leather peace braclets and sell them on the street to raise money for Eugene McCarthy, who was running for president back in the day when democratic presidential candidates were really cool.

Warm and Funny, whose firefighter husband died on 9/11, recalled how Fonda, the owner of ZUZU'S PETALS, sent all the Slope women who lost husbands on 9/11 a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the first Valentine's Day after 9/11, a gesture which touched her deeply. Smartmom and B&O agreed that it was a super classy thing to do.

The crowd at COQUOTTE was decidedly old time Park Slope. In other words, Smartmom hardly knew anybody there. The opinionated friends decided that it was "an older crowd." No offence intended. But Smartmom, Best & Oldest, and Warm & Funny are YOUNG. And that's final.

Smartmom and friends left the blossom benefit in time to watch the aforementioned debate on T.V. Hepcat set up the old television set once again and the family cuddled on the green leather couch for the political jousting match. During the pundits - yup, Smartmom missed Mark Shields - OSFO and Smartmom selected "Charlotte's Web" as a follow-up to "The Grim Grotto." And what a follow-up it is. E.B. White is one awesome writer.

One more thing: Wipe that Norah Jones off your CD player and discover the pure unadulterated JOY of Madeleine Peyroux's first album in 8 years, "Careless Love." She practically channels Billie Holiday singing the songs of W.C. Handy, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and other master songwriters. This album is one for the collection, friends, so get over to SOUNDTRACK pronto, while the supply lasts.

*Smartmom knows a lot of witty people.

16 Comments:

At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 9:22 PM, Blogger mrs. cleavage said...

Wow. Thanks for hipping me to Madeleine Peyroux. Love it!--WB

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger brooklynfox said...

John Edwards is SO damn cute. He really is. I even told my friend (who I'll call Neo-Con) my thoughts on Johnny's cuteness just to piss him off and have not heard back from him since--probably because he knows that Edwards is irresistibly charming, intelligent, and, well, cute. Long live the cute politician. He just brightens up my life--as does your blog. RFJ

 

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