Tilting at windmills?
Tough words from someone who seems at times to be a tad confused about ideals becoming reality. As the Monitor reported back in 2005, Chávez launched an initiative to print and distribute 1 million copies of Miguel de Cervantes’s 1605 classic, Don Quixote – perhaps in the hope that people may compare him to the fictional defender of the oppressed.
“We are all going to read ‘Quixote’ to feed ourselves once again with that spirit of a fighter who came to undo injustice and fix the world,” Chávez said at the time, tilting at a few windmills of his own, and seemingly missing the irony that Don Quixote never actually accomplished his goals.
Huckabees goes sarcastic
Huckabee was equally critical of the Nobel choice. But instead of his trademark folksy charm or one of those quasi-emotional appeals to viewers, he reached deeper into his rhetorical closet and tried biting sarcasm.
"Talk about giving hope to all of us — no longer do we have to actually accomplish stuff, but simply convince others that we hope to accomplish stuff. I think we ought to universally celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for potential deeds," he said on his show, "Huckabee." "Since I'm a musician, I'd like to go ahead and get my Grammy now — and I'm on TV, so I want an Emmy as well.
And he didn't miss a chance to plug his book as he continued the mockery.
"I've written several books, and have a brand-new Christmas book that hits the bookstores in November, so let me thank everyone in advance for the Pulitzer Prize that I've always wanted."
He goes on ... and on. But his criticism echoes what we've been hearing around the world since the award was announced on Thursday.