"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is angry. So, too, are his fellow Republicans. And, McCain says, there will be consequences.
“There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,” McCain said during a radio interview Monday. “They have poisoned the well in what they’ve done and how they’ve done it.”
“They,” of course, is congressional Democrats. But whatever objections McCain has to the procedural strategies the Democrats used to pass healthcare reform — and whether he believes those objections or not — there was going to be a total lack of cooperation from the Republicans anyway. And everyone knows it. It’s a long-standing strategy, authored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But that strategy also involves convincing the American people that it’s Democrats who are refusing to work in a bipartisan fashion, and so that’s why we see comments like this from McCain and his colleagues.
Of course, it might be nice to see a little more honesty than this from someone who used to ride the “Straight Talk Express.” But he’s currently facing a primary challenge from his right, so this sort of thing is, sadly, to be expected.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)