Several years ago, the public was off put by the published transcript of intimate cell phone chatter between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. Today, we can get our fill of such tasteless banter on Facebook, a new forum for the expression of oddball political views and personal displays of attraction. It can also be a big dose of the "Ewww Factor."
Just yesterday, Mike Masterson (right wing newspaper editor) and Laurie Taylor Masterson (local teabagger) were publicly opposing something. New High School? Health Care Coverage? Oh, this time it was the administration's popular Cash for Clunkers program. Laurie Lee posted up a link to some rightwing website bashing the program. Laurie will jump on any issue that will get her some attention. Ewww.
Mike took that online opening as an opportunity to display an off-topic sophomore critique of the opposition. "I can't imagine what an absolute tangled cluster of corruption and idiocy it would be to have Nancy Pelosi, Barney Buffoon and the rest of that circus in D.C. running health care for us and our children," he said so smugly. Ever-supportive helpmate Laurie cooed, "I love you hotstuff! enjoyed seeing you work out this mornin!" Ewww.
On Tuesday, it was even sweeter. Laurie posted a public entry reading, "I love you my darling and miss you terribly, can't wait to see you tonight! You completely fascinate me and leave me breathless with your every glance. Hope you are having a wonderful day, you are constantly in my thoughts~ your adoring wife~ " Less than an hour later, Mike in response posted up, "I love you Laurie Lee. Sorry you are feeling stunned today. However, God will calm that and provide the peace you need and deserve." Ewww.
You get the picture, the unsightly blend of politics and passion laid bare to share with strangers when Mike goes to mixing messages and massages. It brings to mind the old story of the heated exchange between John Wilkes and John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, in which Lord Sandwich exclaimed, "Egad sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox." Wilkes missed not a beat and replied, "That will depend, my Lord, on whether I embrace your Lordship's principles or your mistress." Ewww.