Shorter NRO Cruise: White Whales Seek Ahab

NY Magazine sent Joe Hagan on the NRO Cruise following the 2012 Goat Rodeo, which it seems was a pity party of epic proportions.

The six-page article is full of great stuff, generally old, white, Republicans being old white Republican and completely oblivious that the world has changed and left them by the wayside, but this quote sums the whole thing up:

“Pardon me, madam, but I have been in your country of Australia for ten days and the only Aborigines I’ve seen have been drunk on the street, and at least if we were in my country they would be serving the drinks at this conference!”

UPDATE: here is the best dialog with a bit of an introduction:

At other times, things got a little too old-fashioned for comfort. I met a man near the railing who was there as a caregiver for a 70-year-old National Review cruiser from Palm Desert, California. He was gay and seemingly liberal and had come on the cruise only to push his boss around in a wheelchair. As he smoked a cigarette, he recounted a conversation the two had about the ship’s largely Indonesian and Filipino staff.

BOSS: You notice none of the workers are white.

CAREGIVER: Except the managers upstairs.

BOSS: Well, that’s the way it should be.

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7 Responses to Shorter NRO Cruise: White Whales Seek Ahab

  1. tommyspoon says:

    That was the quote that got me, too! These people aren’t very aware, are they?


  2. Reamus says:

    My G0od, where were these people during the elections? It is nearly incomprehensible that they can hue to the same knes, the same values.

    The quote that got me was the woman who protested when they were discussing minorities ” We’ve asked them to join us!”
    Really? That’ll do it huh?

    Thanks TG, great piece.


    • Tengrain says:

      I’ve always wondered what these NRO cruise things would be like. I’ve always assumed that they tell Doughy Pantload and K-Lo different times to hit the buffet so the ship doesn’t rock or capsize at the all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet, but other than that I couldn’t picture who would go.

      The author seemed to have a special fascination with Ralph Reed, and documents his couture throughout, and best yet, when Ralph delicately removes his shirt in the shade of a tree in some sort of tropical hellhole. It all sounds so tacky and recherché, like an antebellum novel with the heroine wanting to get some air, but not any sun less people think she works, and works outside.




  3. Bruce388 says:

    Ship of Fools.


  4. moeman says:

    The pic of Jonah the fascist Whale at the buffet was delicious.


  5. Dimitrios says:

    I think these cruise ships junkets are an ideal metaphor for the NRO. They don’t go anywhere, they just use up nonrenewable resources traveling luxuriously in ever-diminishing circles.


  6. A.J. says:

    I wonder if Joe Hagen gave a thought that the caregiver he mentioned in his article would probably lose his job after this was published?

    There are others that “might” need his services; but still…I have to wonder.



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