Henry Rollins: The Column! Being a Local, Temporarily
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We are in beautiful Olympia, Wash. My shows in Hawaii and Alaska are behind me, and a few hours from now I will be onstage at the Capitol Theater for show No. 3 of the Capitalism Tour, which will take in all 50 state capitals, ending on the eve of the election in Washington, D.C.
I had never been to Juneau, Alaska, before. It was incredibly beautiful and the audience was great, even the drunks who engaged in a conversation at my 11 o'clock for a good part of the night. If you ever get a chance to go up there, I recommend you head straight for Tracy's King Crab Shack, where you will find some of the best-tasting Paralithodes camtschaticus you have ever had.
I have been reflecting quite a bit on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, which are still causing quite a bit of conversation over America and the world all these days later.
I thought the unbearably saccharine Ann Romney talking to the help and the altogether odd Clint Eastwood serenading a chair routines were going to be the takeaway from the conventions. I mean, how could you hope to top those two? I wasn't inspired at all, but sure was tripped out just how weird they were.
What I wasn't prepared for was how moving and inspiring many of the speakers at the DNC were.
The two parties now have clearly defined and differentiated themselves. One willingly, openly, charismatically; the other cautiously, obtusely and seemingly on a need-to-know basis. I think this will allow voters to make a choice between the two "sides," which are, at this point, almost the inverse of the other.
Both Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney face great challenges. A lot of people have a strong dislike of Mr. Obama, and they will comprise a major portion of Mr. Romney's base, which is not the best thing. The number of people who are actual supporters of Mr. Romney could very well be less than the Donner Party, whose members they sadly resemble in many ways.
He is an amazingly hard man to like or understand, the Mitt. I was really hoping Herman Cain was going to be the Republican rainmaker. He was the funniest.