True Grit is one of my very favorite movies. Its the tale of Rooster Cogburn, an aging marshal, who has the prediliction for the sauce, and Mattie Ross, a young lady with unbelievable moxie bent on revenge for the murder of her father. Together these two underdogs do what neither of them could do alone. Mattie, whose innocence demands justice but has not the experience nor the ability to attain it; and Rooster, whose life has provided him a vast well of experiences dealing with evil and injustice, but scarred by the fight, prefers the bottle to the battle. Mattie’s youth and vigor drives an old veteran to be a great man once again. It is a wonderful story, and it is the first thing that crossed my mind when I saw Sarah Palin standing on the stage today with our old naval pilot John McCain. This Annie Oakley like executive, who doesn’t know any better that you just don’t defeat a sitting governor in the primaries (a corrupt one to boot), and the legendary warrior who, for honor, spits in his captives face when offered an easy out. What a combo, one which I am thoroughly excited about.
In the film, Robert Duval played the villian, Ned Pepper He also just happens to be narrating the entire GOP convention next week. Yes, its Ned Pepper bringing us the True Grit ticket. God I love it.