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I think most liberals will mourn the death of Larry Harmon (AKA Bozo the Clown) before they’ll mourn the passing of arch-conservative Jesse Helms. And I am sure that most liberals will dismiss them both as a couple of total clowns. However, despite a voting record that was strongly anti-communist, anti-abortion and anti-gay, it was Jesse Helms who pushed the Bush administration to increase its commitment to fighting AIDS in Africa. You see, Jesse and U2’s Bono were tight. Like brothers or something. Which is all very weird if you are a committed secularist, but not odd at all if you are a committed Christian. In fact, if more Christian politicians (and rock stars) would put their faith into practice, a true pro-life policy wouldn’t stop just outside the womb. All life would be seen as precious. And morality would look more like mercy. Less like judgmentalism. The Religious Right would look more like Bono and less like Bozo. I think this what some folks meant by the term “compassionate conservativism.” But, of course, 9-11 changed all that. Maybe it’s time to change it back.



  1. Interesting…..I think the right and the left share a lot of common values. Lets hope the next administration will work at bringing groups together to deal with issues (rather than personally attack each other). I think that will help turn the judgmental conversations going on in this country into ones of leaders.

    It is sad that we’ve all come to hope for this basic element in our next president, but that’s the legacy Bush the Bozo has left……

  2. Interesting post! A book by Larry “Bozo” Harmon just released today actually… “The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales”. Anyone in the Los Angeles area should come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bozo the Clown at the book signing this weekend!

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