The Devil on Yousef’s shoulder

Earlier today, the above photo was sent to me by a prominent local politician. He wanted to know how Ann Arbor City Councilman Chuck Warpehoski and I came to be perched so perfectly on the shoulders of beloved State Rep Yousef Rabhi, and, more importantly, which of us, in this scenario, was the Devil. For what it’s worth, I just did a quick bit of research on the “Good Angel, Bad Angel” trope, and discovered the Devil almost always sits on the person’s left, or ‘sinister,’ shoulder. So I guess, in this instance, I’m the Devil to Warpehoski’s Angel.

I’d like to say that I’d given Rabhi some really awesome, devilish advice over the course of the evening, like the shoulder Devil in The Emperor’s New Groove, who told Kronk, “Don’t listen to that guy. He’s trying to lead you down the path of righteousness! I’m gonna lead you down the path that rocks!” The truth is, though, I didn’t offer much in the way of advice. I did, at one point, tell Rabhi that he’d have to choose between the monocle and the mustache wax, as using both would be political suicide, but that’s not really something the Devil would say, is it? The Devil, I’m pretty sure, would encourage him to do both… And, who knows, maybe that’s what Warpehoski was saying from the other shoulder.

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    Mark: “Touch the orb. Just think of the power.”

    Chuck: “Smash the orb. End the patriarchy.”

  2. Eel
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    If this is the party I think it is, I’ve heard there was also a goat sacrificed.

  3. Posted June 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Drat. I left Bellwood too early and missed you :(

  4. L.T.
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Judging from this Facebook photo, there was a goat.

    http://imgur.com/a/c870F

  5. Kim
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad to have Yousef in the House, picking things up with Jeff left off. We’re lucky to have them both.

  6. Iron Lung Larson
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Nothing matters.

  7. Andy LaBarre
    Posted June 6, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Yousef Rabhi is beloved, but that mustache looks aggressive and I fear it.

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