Some Of The Drops Sparkle

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow corporations to spend unlimited sums on political candidates, I was asked by a reader worried about the future of American democracy if it was better to live at the beginning or the end of Camelot.  In the musical, Richard Harris’ King Arthur discovers that Camelot doesn’t begin or end, because, always, a change is gonna come. Because some people sparkle.

King Arthur:  One of what we all are Penny. Less than a drop in the great blue motion of the sunlit sea. But it seems that some of the drops sparkle, Penny. Some of them do sparkle. [To Tom]:  Run Boy! Run boy! Run! Oh, run, my boy.

Author: Glenn W. Smith

Glenn W. Smith has spent the past 30 years in journalism and politics, where he’s made a name for himself as a writer, campaign manager, activist, think tank analyst and, as Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas says, a “legendary political consultant and all-around good guy.” “There’s no one like him,” says author George Lakoff. CNN commentator Paul Begala says, “He has unmatched experience, a graceful pen (or pixel nowadays) and deep insight into the best and worst of us.” Novelist Sarah Bird speaks of his “lucid and lyrical” prose. And, she says, he’s fun. Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington says Glenn writes with “grace and abundant humor” and “uses his colorful experiences in Texas to enlighten us all.”

Smith led Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for Governor of Texas. He worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Earlier, Smith was a political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post. He’s coordinated national campaigns for groups such as In 2004, he authored the highly acclaimed book, The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction. He also wrote Unfit Commander, a book that detailed George W. Bush’s mysterious disappearance from military service.

In 2004, Smith was featured in the film, Bush’s Brain, a documentary about Karl Rove. Smith provided commentary on Rove’s role as then-President Bush’s senior advisor. He has made numerous media appearances with Chris Mathews on Hardball, Joe Scarborough, Brit Hume, and many others. He writes a regularly for top national web sites, including FireDogLake and Huffington Post.

As a senior fellow at George Lakoff’s prestigious Rockridge Institute in Berkeley he studied, wrote and taught on the power of metaphor and narrative in political communications. He also lectured on religion and politics at the Starr King School for Ministry in Berkeley. As a sponsor and organizer, he has pulled together numerous national events with progressive religious leaders. He also organized a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King at Riverside Church in New York City as well as “Freedom and Faith” bus tours, which was a nationwide campaign for social justice and progressive values.

Smith’s play, Double Play, which explored American Western myths and legends, was held over to sold-out audiences. He’s even written and performed songs in the Americana tradition, such as his best-known song, “Helping Marty Robbins,” a tribute to his hometown, Houston.

Most recently, Smith is the creator of DogCanyon, a political and cultural web site covering state, national and global issues from a Texas perspective. DogCanyon is an exhilarating and unique site that gets the connections between politics and culture and explores both the personal side of politics and the ups, down, craziness and beauty of “life its ownself,” as humorist Dan Jenkins would say. DogCanyon offers heartfelt personal essays, hard-hitting political analysis, and, most importantly, laughs.

As Paul Begala said, Smith writes in “the finest, firmest, fearless tradition of Texas essayists like Molly Ivins.”

4 thoughts on “Some Of The Drops Sparkle”

  1. Glenn – I’m new to Dog Canyon and fascinated by this particular post. I know this movie by heart. Thanks for using it as terrific comparison and reminder!! Keep up the good work…spectacular!!!

  2. Nice post. But it's "Pelly", not "Penny", as in King Pellinore, the slightly addled Arthurian knight who is on a perpetual hunt for the questing beast. In legend, the first knight young Arthur ever meets, it is fitting he is the last knight to appear in the musical. Try T.H. White's "The Once and Future King for more context.

  3. The students should certainly enjoy their student lives but not at the risk of any physical harm to oneself or anyone else. Sometimes the students don’t realize how much damage they cause to themselves or anyone else in their enjoyment.

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