No-Shows

Look who isn’t going to Jerry Falwell’s funeral.

U.S. Sen. John McCain isn’t planning to attend the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s funeral Tuesday. Rival Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani can’t make it, either.

Nor can former Virginia former governor and long-shot 2008 Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore.

While some Republican figures will attend next week’s funeral in Lynchburg for the founder of the Moral Majority, many will not. Experts say that even with a presidential election looming, it’s not a must-attend event — and there likely won’t be political consequences for skipping it.

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President Bush does not plan to attend, but the White House is sending Tim Goeglein, a mid-level aide.

Even among Republicans without White House aims, there are commitments that can’t be broken. U.S. Sen. John W. Warner has critical votes in Washington on Tuesday. Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell can’t attend.

That reminds me of a story from Hollywood. A despotic and much-despised movie mogul died. When his funeral was held, the place was packed. One mourner turned to the other and remarked that because of the dead man’s reputation, he was surprised that so many people came to his funeral. The other mourner replied, “That’s show business; give the people what they want, they’ll show up.”

Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.

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5 responses to “No-Shows

  1. Or like in the movie Charade, the “mourners” show up to make sure the guy’s really dead..

  2. show business legend has it that at the funeral of irvin thalberg one of the folks in louis b. mayer’s entourage remarked on the line of mourners stretching out down the street and around a couple of blocks. mayer said “it’s a fact of our business, if you give the people what they want, they’ll line up for it.”

  3. Kathy A

    Reminds me of the story a college friend told me that came from a roommate of hers. Apparently, the roommate’s grandfather had been peripheral member of the Milwaukee Mob back in the 1930s (he ran a much-needed business that they utilized all the time–containers). When his wife passed, the funeral was packed with his “business associates” (her mother was a little girl, and remembered seeing a mourner packing a gun which she saw when the coat gaped open when he leaned over to express his sympathies to her father). But when he died several years later, very few of these same men showed up, since there was no family member still in the business to impress with their presence.

  4. show business legend has it that at the funeral of irvin thalberg one of the folks in louis b. mayer’s entourage remarked on the line of mourners stretching out down the street and around a couple of blocks. mayer said “it’s a fact of our business, if you give the people what they want, they’ll line up for it.”

    Minstrel, my story was supposedly told about the funeral of Harry Cohn, but I couldn’t find the source for it, so I made it generic. No matter; it’s still funny as hell.

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