Politics and Tender Is The Bite

Politics seems to be in the air a lot these days. Dreading it? Don’t worry – the Chet and Bernie series has you covered, specifically Tender Is The Bite, where politics is front and off-center. Here, for example, in the stump speech scene in Tender Is The Bite (Chet and Bernie end up on the stage shortly after this):

We moved off to one side, got closer to the stage. Senator Wray had the sleeves of his blue shirt rolled up, also wore a bolo tie. “ … can’t do it without you,” he was saying in his … how to put it? Handsome pooch voice? Yes, that was it exactly. He began pointing at folks in the crowd. “Not without you! And you! And you! And you! You, too, gentleman with the fat cee-gar! You, too, lady spittin’ image of Bette Davis! Gonna need all of you, each and every one, if we’re gonna get done what needs to be done, here in our beautiful Valley and way back there in the corridors of DC.”

“Boo!” went some people in the crowd. “Boo!” Booing is a human sound for when they don’t like something. Bernie says humans are related to monkeys! Has to be one of his jokes, but when you see a whole bunch of humans booing you could almost believe him.

The senator held up his hand. “Yes sir! What needs to be done. Wanna talk education? Ed-ja-cay-shun? Let’s talk ed-ja-cay-shun, my friends. Who’s brought over fifty mill of federal money back here to the state, earmarked for the ed-ja-cay-shun of our youngsters? Remember this – the youngsters of today are the oldsters of tomorrow! What’s more important than that, folks?”

Bernie glanced down at me. “We’re doomed,” he said, which I didn’t get at all. Meanwhile the crowd began to chant, “Wray’s OK! Wray’s OK! Wray’s OK!”



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This entry was posted on Monday, January 30th, 2023 at 9:04 am and is filed under Chet The Dog. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Politics and Tender Is The Bite”

  1. B. Stover
    10:47 am on January 30th, 2023

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    1:22 pm on January 30th, 2023


    I love the line “Handsome pooch voice.” :^)

    Good afternoon to all!

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