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Friday, 12 October 2007
Paul Appealing

You wouldn't believe how much Ron Paul email I get.

Still, the most persuasive Paul booster remains the ravishing, brilliant, and eloquent Ilana Mercer. Here she is making her pitch on WorldNetDaily. I don't say you'll agree with her, only that this is the Pauline Gospel at its best. If you won't buy it from Ilana, you won't buy it from anyone.

[N.B.—Wordplay addicts, or way-back WFB fans, will recognize my subject line as a knock-off from Adlai Stevenson's quip about Norman Vincent Peale: "Speaking as a Christian, I find the Apostle Paul appealing and the Apostle Peale appalling."]

Posted on 10/12/2007 11:38 AM by John Derbyshire
12 Oct 2007
Hugh Fitzgerald

It is disappointing ?to discover that the original by Adlai Stevenson apparently contained two "apostles." Those words serve as sleeping-policemen in a sentence where wit partly depends on?speed of delivery. The misremembered form -- "I find Paul appealing and Peale appalling"? -- improves on the original. Or perhaps, we can allow ourselves to believe, the better version?was indeed the original, and others, possibly in the audience of Baptists he was addressing,?misremembered, and piety prompted them?later to have claimed to have heard the (un-uttered) "apostles." Or perhaps Stevenson felt he had to be careful in how he referred to Paul, as he had been given to understand that he was being allowed to speak only as a courtesy, given that he had already been consigned to the outer darkness by the un-apostolic "Peale" -- that is, the late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a downmarket and coarse version of the intelligent and respectable, but even later, Harry Emerson Fosdick.