Zombie-like, he arose from the sick-bed which had become his crypt. With shaking hands, he poured three fingers of Chivas, and not a drop more. Sitting tentatively at his ancient mahogany desk, curtains flung open to let in the dark, he stared into the night, downed his three fingers, then raised five of his own

And then, he began to type.
 

I had begun to hear strange things while I dozed. Because I am a modern man, unburdened by night phantoms and superstitions, I put these sounds down as arising from that period in which one sinks into that equilibrium between consciousness and repose, the passage that some of the country people I saw in Kansas that one infamous afternoon might call 'twilight sleep'. These were not the random clinkings and clankings one expects to experience in even some of the finest dwellings; no, what I heard was a dark muttering sound, quite rapid, though, in fact so rapid that one could call it a chattering, but not a chattering as teeth may do on a frosty winter's morn. No, this was chattering with a cadence and a peculiar unworldly rhythm, the sound of voices - quite possibly human - engaged in a chant. But Hades! What were the voices trying to tell me?
Reports of strong support within John McCain's presidential campaign for Independent Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Republican candidate for vice president are not a fairy tale.

It's true, Joe. I'm taking a real good look at you.
Influential McCain backers, plus McCain himself, would pick the pro-choice liberal from Connecticut if they thought they could get away with it.

Oh, come on, John, give me a chance. You won't get tired of me. We could have a lot of fun with it. Maybe even change the world!

But they can't get away with it -- and this has been made clear to McCain by none other than Joe Lieberman himself.
I'm no good for you, John. The truth is, I never was. In the end, I'll only bring you crashing back down to Earth. I've flown too close to the sun once before, John.
Lieberman surely doesn't know that much about Republican politics, but he does have close Republican friends. One of them prevailed on Lieberman to tell McCain that a McCain-Lieberman ticket would be a disaster for all concerned, and especially for the GOP."
Listen here, Joe, cause this is what you're gonna do. You find out which house Johnny Boy is stayin' in, and you get over there and knock some sense into his head.
Did Joe follow like the good soldier he sometimes is, or did he betray my source's advice? Perhaps I'll never know, for fate is a fickle fellow, and the card might've never been Joe's to play.

Hark! The vices have receded from my memory's ears, where they oft now lodge for hours after my fearful waking. Perchance now to sleep without the cruel burden of dreaming...

 

2008, Mark Hoback