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For the White House, the ceremony provided a ringing counterpoint to the tawdrier spectacle under way a few blocks east, at the Supreme Court.
Spillius felt it necessary to ccQQmment, despite these assurances, that `American cultural exports have beaten a downward path that has ended in something of a sticky pit', and he described striptease as `one of the tawdrier forms of public entertainment'.
It is true that so far Republicans have avoided some of the tawdrier hearing spectacles, in part because their anti-government ideology does not lend itself to hauling forth capitalism's victims to testify on their dire need for this or that government program.
It seemed--in sun and the smells of summer--a tawdrier, less likable place than on that night when we'd been the only customers.
While Berlusconi's position as prime minister has undoubtedly helped Mediaset's interests, some of the tawdrier allegations he now faces--of Mob links, bribery and partying with prostitutes--may now be a problem for the broadcast group.