On Jul 10, 2012, at 1:55 AM, cblists@xxxxxxxx wrote: > > Oddly enough, I'd been just that day reading about the Whig Party (idle > curiosity, mixed with still trying to determine, after all these years, the > meaning intended by Richard Rorty when he uses the adjective 'Whiggish' in > PHILOSOPHY AND THE MIRROR OF NATURE). One might be forgiven for thinking that Whig is just a synonym for "wrong." Butterfield's, "The Whig Interpretation of History" accuses Whig historians of sins similar to those heaped on "Positivists" by H. Stuart Hughes--that they took the present to be some sort of natural consequence and measure of the past, that the present is a point at which the past aimed and to which the past somehow aspired. I, of course, am honored to have been nominated by a party that supports the supremacy of Congress over the presidency, though this does make my position somewhat awkward. I am also honored to follow in the footsteps of "Old Fuss and Feathers," General Winfield Scott. I attribute my margin of victory to our pithy slogan, "Things Will Be Different Now," which in my view is a can't lose proposition. > > > I somehow doubt that the present pope would laugh. (But I like to think that > Angelo Roncalli would have - and invited me in for a cup of wine and a chat.) He may be adding grease to the wheels of the rack even as I write. David Ritchie, stopping glottals and whistles, on the Upward Path.