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    The Most Sublime Speech This Year

    The ancients came up with the notion of the sublime—speech so over the top that audiences undergo an out-of-body experience.  This candidate for county treasurer achieves total sublimity. 

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    I thought "sublime" meant "wonderful," as in "full of wonders."
    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSagita
    The rhetorical sense is different, and more difficult. An ancient document attributed to Cassius Longinus "elevates" the audience. "...uplifted with a sense of proud possession, we are filled with joyful pride, as if we had ourselves produced the very thing we heard."
    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    I probably should add the five factors that contribute to the sublime, according to Longinus:

    1. Artful manipulation of the audience's emotions.
    2. Lofty thinking.
    3. Great use of figures. (Of course!)
    4. Dignified delivery.
    5. Superb outline.

    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    And you're saying Phil Davidson's pathetic speech is a GOOD example of the sublime? Do I sense an underlying irony here?
    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTosca
    Well, Figaro certainly had an out-of-body experiencing watching the video. It was so cool he had to go to the bathroom.
    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    Where's this guy from? Mars?
    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuze
    Minerva, Ohio.
    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    Davison was interviewed after he became a YouTube sensation, and he had no clue what YouTube was:

    "Well, I'm not very good with electronics, is there a YouTube? It was on some kind of electronic server."
    September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Watson
    I want this guy for president.

    Pedantic politicos like Obama may or may not have better policies and ideas. But, can tell you, when this guy would give the State of the Union, I'd watch every minute of it.
    September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarco
    And when the country goes down in flames, he'll be its passionate pilot.
    September 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterFigaro
    Some, mostly the sophists, say we're going down in flames anyway, like most empires. At least, we'll be entertained.
    September 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarco
    He could have a medical condition: http://vimeo.com/1913104
    September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarco
    I just wish this guy would get excited. He seems a little laid back. :-)

    Seriously, though, this guy should switch to decaf.
    September 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel
    I thought "sublime" meant "wonderful," as in "full of wonders." http://www.sunglassescool.com
    November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterReplica watch

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