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Calvin Trillin returns to Forum to review the 2012 presidential election… in rhyme. He’ll discuss the turning point of the first debate: It got so thick, so lacking in one-liners/Some people fell asleep in their recliners. And the Republican’s lament of changing demographics: Yes, too many voters of darker complexion/Can cause the wrong person to win an election. Trillin’s new book tracing the 2012 presidential campaign in verse is called Dogfight, because: People were saying, “We wonder which dude’ll/Emerge as the pit bull, and which as the poodle.”

Guests:
Calvin Trillin, author, humorist and staff writer at The New Yorker; his most recent book is "Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse"

  • Guest

    Not all that rhymes is poetry, especially if discussing the polity.

  • FayNissenbaum

    Great one about rape and those idiot candidates beliefs (32 minutes into today’s Forum show). It summarizes and captures actual thoughts of those fools who would rule us.
    Cheers to you, Calvin!

  • They assumed the election was a lock / But conservatives were left in shock / Mitt Romney failed / His supporters soon bailed / It’s hard to defeat Barack.

  • In trying to topple Hussein,
    The Right Wing was driven insane,
    They lacked all decorum,
    Even floated Santorum,
    And a crazy dude named Herman Cain.

    There was Bachman and Perry and Trump,
    And an old Libertarian Grump,
    Plus a dude named Pawlenty,
    But, away they all wenty,
    (Though Gingrich continued to stump.)

  • Evgenii

    In poetry, time after time,
    I`m looking for rythm and rhyme.
    Amazement my runs very deep —
    American poetry is… random text

  • ced1

    Chillin with Trillin
    Such a hit
    He is way more funny
    than a little bit

  • In trying to topple Hussein,

    The Right Wing was driven insane,

    They lacked all decorum,

    Even floated Santorum,

    And a crazy dude named herman cain.

    There was Bachman and Perry and Trump,

    And an old Libertarian Grump,

    Plus a dude named Pawlenty,

    But, away they all wenty,

    (Though Gingrich continued to stump.)

    In the end it was Romney who won,

    But no matter how hard this is spun,

    You can’t win an election,

    If your plank’s a rejection,

    Of half of the country – that’s dumb!

  • Martha

    GOt A rap For You… this Is Martha From Oakland:
    My Name Is Fiscal Cliff AndI’m A Bad Muddy Gutter
    If I Get LOose I’m Gonna Make You Suffa
    The DemoCats In WashingtonThey Know What’s Right
    Republicans ARe Spiteful And They Just Wanna Fight
    They Wont Compromise
    Goin In The Wrong Direction
    Betta Give Em A Surprise At The Next ELection

  • ChuckDarwin

    “I like firing people!” joked Mitt. / “Sending jobs offshore will be a hit. / I’ll make lots of money!” / Folks found it so funny / They sent Mitt back to Mass. in a snit.

  • Dee Kay

    On Trillin and Oranges….

    Pity Mr. Trillin’s diet
    Wants a fruit, but daren’t try it

  • karina salenger

    The first debate was really bad
    Did Romney hire the camera man?

  • karina salenger

    On election night I bit my nails
    I thought Mitt Romney would prevail
    But alas Obama won
    Now I will stay instead of run!

  • Alys Milner

    Women
    vote for the Right, it’s perplexing/No freedom of choice? Its a sex
    thing./Undo health care for all/single mothers have some gall/we should
    all turn away from the right wing. Alys Milner, San Jose

  • Alanya

    For 6 months or a year, every man’s ear
    Tuned to the election, make no exception
    With a tense attitude, to TV all eyes glued
    To see which of the men will emerge the more shrewd

    Intense those debates, while all the public waits
    To see who will win, which one leaves with a grin
    It’s Obama, say “whoa!”, he jumps up with a glow
    But is stopped, when his wife says, “now back to my reality show!”

  • Bonnie!

    I like to write ‘rhyme’
    And I think I do it well
    But I don’t do it often
    (Are you saying, We Can Tell!?)

    For birthdays and funerals
    I get inspired and I write.
    But I think I should do more
    But I think it’s too trite.

    I thought what I do
    Is not worthy, not mature
    But I heard Calvin say
    That’s exactly the lure!

    We don’t have to be adult
    We don’t have to succumb
    So I’d be happy to write more
    I’m convinced it’s not dumb!

    After listening to Forum
    And the esteemed Mr. Trillin
    I’m “applying” for something,
    And I’m hoping this’ll thrill him.

  • blind desire

    To Calvin Trillin on “All we have is rhyme”

    Tis a pose, o prosaical pedant
    to forbid to wed rhymes nature wedn’t.
    Poets like Nash
    Foce-fit rhymes sly and brash.
    Sayeth he: “ha ha” where thou saidn’t.

  • alex sack

    How the primary Perry’s tongue twisted so very
    Warped not in of deploying our troops – all tied-up in loops
    But when bent on debates dismantling the Departments of… uh, uh… Oops

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