As a teen-ager, I studied

As a teen-ager, I studied political philosophy at the feet of Bob Dylan. You know, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Masters of War,” “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”–the mock-Woody Guthrie stuff for which Dylan himself rapidly lost the taste. When he did so, he wrote a brilliant kissoff to the folk/protest movement called “Restless Farewell.” It took me a little longer than Dylan to figure out how lame this stuff was, but by the time Dylan-clone Phil Ochs committed suicide in a funk over the Vietnam War, I think I was beginning to get on to it.
In any event, Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal must have had a misspent youth a little like mine. In his weekly Journal column this morning he manages to cast his interpretation of Tuesday’s electoral results into the lyrics of Dylan songs. Referring to the famous blue/red (Democrat/Republican) electoral map that depicted the 2000 election, Henninger all but sings: “It’s all over now, baby blue.”


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