81 long, dark nights for America: Manafort’s untimely departure
Eighty-one long, dark nights to go.
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I’m sorry that it didn’t work out the way that it could have; the potential was certainly there. I know on this blog I keep harping on that this election could, in fact, be the great American novel, and I know that this is probably the pathetic end result of an overly literal and unsubtle mind taking too seriously pundit talk about “narrative” but what a fantastic supporting character Paul Manafort had promised to be … and now, he’s gone. Replaced by a more obvious heavy.
I am going to miss the gloriously sinister creep. How best to describe him to those who didn’t get to enjoy his campily disquieting appearances on cable news? Well, if you can imagine Robert Mitchum in Dennis Hopper’s role in Blue Velvet* then you pretty much have Manafort.
Perhaps he was one grotesque too many – too much icing on the cake. At least, he can spend his now considerable time assisting the FBI probe into US ties with the pro-Russian former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.
*Kudos to The New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum for first pointing out on twitter that Manafort comes across as a Lynchian villain.