Joe Walsh to ‘walk away.’ But Don Henley will hang in there, won’t he?

"Guys, if I drop out, will one of you carry on? And what are we playing now, an F7...?"

“Guys, if I drop out, will one of you carry on? And what are we playing now, an F7…?”

So I was surprised to read this:

Surprised because I didn’t even know one of the Eagles was running.

Well, Walsh may have thrown in the towel, but I’m sure Don Henley will hang in there until the end, right?

10 thoughts on “Joe Walsh to ‘walk away.’ But Don Henley will hang in there, won’t he?

  1. Mr. Smith

    From fmr Congressman Joe Walsh’s op-ed today — recounting his encounters with the co-called president’s fan base:

    “[The Republican Party] has become a cult, and he’s a cult leader. He doesn’t have supporters; he has followers. And in their eyes, he can do no wrong.

    They’re being spoon-fed a daily dose of B.S. from ‘conservative’ media. They don’t know what the truth is and — more importantly — they don’t care. There’s nothing that any Republican challenger can do to break them out of this spell.”

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      You know what I did just now? I read that as, “From Congressman Joe Wilson’s op-ed today…”

      And I was like, Whaaaaaa… Joe wrote an oped?!?!?

      You have to understand that I generally read comments all together on the comments page inside the guts of the blog, rather than within the context of the post. At least, I feel that makes me sound slightly less stupid…

    2. Barry

      I’ve had a handful tell me they hope he won’t step down even if he loses the election.

      This is a cult for sure. .

  2. Harry Harris

    Don Henley (or his co-writer, Bruce Hornsby) wrote one of my favorite political lines from a song lyric. In “The End of the Innocence” he sings “We’re beating plowshares into swords for this tired old man that we elected king,” referring to Ronald Reagan.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      I had no idea there was a connection between Don Henley and Bruce Hornsby.

      I’m not a big fan of Hornsby. Of course, I don’t guess I’m really a fan of the Eagles.

      Don Henley has three songs I really like:
      The Boys of Summer
      All She Wants to Do is Dance
      Dirty Laundry

      I’ll confess that in part “Dirty Laundry” is a guilty pleasure for a print guy because of the way it disses our rivals in the broadcast media:

      She can tell you ’bout the plane crash with a gleam in her eye
      It’s interesting when people die
      Give us dirty laundry

      Of course, it’s unfair. There’s an inherent problem with TV news, that’s hard to overcome no matter how good you are or how hard you try: How DO you look when you tell about the plane crash?

      Ideally, you have a blank expression — that comes closest to pure journalism, simply relating information.

      But what’s a blank expression? It’s a thing that exists in the eye of the beholder, and different beholders are going to see it differently….

      1. Harry Harris

        I don’t particularly like piano music, but I like Hornsby. His skill, ability to make-up music, and love of playing are amazing to me. I’d like to hear him and Weird Al jam together on the accordion (and who likes accordion)?
        As one who has lived through the times, his “The Way It Is” speaks to what happened during the civil rights movement and to the way it still is.

  3. jim catoe

    According to a historian of the time, Constantine would become angry when citizens of Constantinople did not applaud him as he walked among them in the streets. He blamed this lack of respect on a chap named Sopater and promptly dismissed him from his court. Sound familiar?

    1. Mr. Smith

      “The constant, obvious flattery, contrary to all evidence, of the people around him had brought him to the point that he no longer saw his contradictions, no longer conformed his actions and words to reality, logic, or even simple common sense, but was fully convinced that all his orders, however senseless, unjust, and inconsistent with each other, became sensible, just and consistent with each other only because he gave them.”
      Tolstoy, “Hadji Murat”

      Sound familiar?

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