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Miss M’s Cultural Corner: Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch 22’

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Bette Midler tweets 50-year-old quote by Joseph Heller that sums up GOP candidate
By Leslie Salzillo
Monday Feb 08, 2016 · 1:30 PM CST

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Bette Midler recently tweeted about a quote she found which compared GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to a characterization out of the American classic novel Catch 22. The book was written by Joseph Heller over fifty years ago.

“…Catch-22 remains “a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time.”

Some folks can see Republican lawmaker Ted Cruz and other GOP extremists in Heller’s words below. In any case, the critically acclaimed author who passed away in 1999 seemed to describe the worst of some in the Republican Party—on their best days. See what you think. Spot on, n’est pas?

Here is Midler’s tweet followed by the quote.

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“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.” — Joseph Heller, Catch 22

Midler found the quote via Slaughterhouse 90210 Maris Kreitman, who was quite happy with the mention.

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