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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

He's Tanned, Rested, and Online

Now that Saudi Crown Prince Sultan has returned to his own Kingdom after nearly a year in American hospitals and his palace in Agadir, Morocco, he's got his website going. Can a Twitter account be far behind?

Also, has he got a new PR person? I've seen more broad smiling pics of Sultan in the last week or two than I can remember previously, and for some reason he seems to look 20 years younger than his early 80s age. (Maybe he has the Mubarak/Qadhafi gene under which your hair can't grey, but this pic doesn't look like a guy recovering from a serious cancer in his 80s. Oh well, welcome home.

If it's a case of Sultan versus Nayef for the throne, I'll toss in with Sultan.

I make no comparisons and suggest no parallels to the Saudi situation, but a decade or two ago in Louisiana, which has the most baroque politics in the United States, Edwin Edwards, a governor who, despite spending much of his gubernatorial salary and perhaps some of the treasury in Las Vegas and otherwise basically corrupt as hell, and who famously said he'd always be re-elected unless he was caught in bed with "a dead girl or a live boy," was challenged for the governorship by David Duke, a former Grand Dragon (or whatever) of the Ku Klux Klan and a racist with no qualifications for any known office, but who was doing disturbingly well in the polls. A bumper sticker quickly appeared: "Vote for the Crook: It's Important." Louisianans did.

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