The other day I was reminded of that wonderful show on Discovery Channel hosted by Mike Rowe entitled Dirty Jobs. The trigger for the memory was coming into indirect contact with two separate but related dirty jobs.
The first involved a friend who described to me the task of pumping out his septic tank. The poor soul he hired to perform this task was nice but dull witted and seemed immune to the assault on his olfactory organs. For one half hour he joylessly pumped a stream of putrid waste from the tank with as much dignity as he could summon. The only thing I could think of was…a dirty job but someone has to do it.
That very evening I was treated to another dirty job when I got to watch Josh “Not So” Earnest do the press secretary equivalent of emptying a septic tank…defending an Obama policy. Later that same evening I witnessed one of Hilliary’s many lickspittles attempt to explain away a set of indisputable facts regarding one of the candidates many scandals. Now I must in all fairness acknowledge that the verbal gymnastics practiced by people like Earnest, Austin Goolsby and Alan Colmes make the acrobats of Cirque du Soleil look like four year old children trying their first unaided somersault.
As with our septic tank cleaner most of the folks who have to defend Obama and Hilliary appear nice but dull witted. They are also manifestly immune to the assault on logic required to explain the positions and/or deeds of the malefactor to whom they have plighted their troth. It is fair to say that if you gave any of these poor souls an enema you could bury them in a matchbox.
Poor Not So Earnest was at one point trying to explain away Dr. Obama’s complete destabilization of the Middle East. Just to remind you: Obama favored dumping the pro-US Hasni Mubarak and defended his replacement by the Islamist Mohamed Morsi a member of the Muslim Brotherhood an organization aligned with terrorist groups around the world; supported the overthrow of the chastened and pro-US leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi leaving a power vacuum in that country that was quickly filled by ISIS; undaunted he stood idly by as four Americans, including our Ambassador to Libya, were slaughtered by a group of irate movie enthusiasts; did nothing to stop the Syrian genocide creating a huge refugee problem; and, agreed to pay Iran billions of dollars to help them support terrorism and move forward with their nuclear program and…but you get the point.
Faced with this tsunami of bad news Earnest elected to suggest that we should all be reminded of the “tranquility” Obama had brought to the world. Follow-up question never asked: “To what world are you referring?” It is interesting to note that the press core did not dissolve in hysterical laughter. Perhaps that was because they were remembering that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the hapless Obama before he had even found the bathroom in the White House.
A video tape of the White House press secretaries’ prevarications on the disaster that is Obamacare could run on a continuous loop on Comedy Central. It would make George Carlin appear dull and boring.
Goolsby drinks extra strength Kool-Aid. He was the Chairman of Obama’s Council Economic Advisers. Based on the performance of the economy under our neophyte President that would not be a career step that Goolsby should include on his resume. Nonetheless he finds some buried nugget every time he appears which allows him to ballyhoo the breathtaking performance of the economy. It has been said (tongue in cheek one hopes) that some business measurements require merely that you take the best five minutes of performance and annualize it…usually this relates to quality. This is the practice our friend Goolsby appears to rely on when trying to defend the indefensible. I would suggest that Goolsby’s pronouncements are usually akin to Captain Edward Smith reminding the world, even as the Titanic slid beneath the waves, that the good ship was unsinkable.
Then there is the ironic decision to tap Jeffrey Immelt of GE for the leadership of the Obama job creation panel even as Immelt was eliminating 34,000 jobs at GE.
When Julian Assange released several thousand emails from John Podesta a long-time Clinton (Bill and Hilliary) co-conspirator and apologist a number of enthusiastic Clinton sycophants rushed to defend the indefensible. The best was a logic train that was used recently by the engineer of a commuter train in New Jersey. It went as follows: the emails were clearly hacked, the Russians are known to be hacking the internet in the US, so Putin is the culprit and Trump never, ever criticizes Putin so therefore…and here the train runs into the station. I think this idiot was suggesting that Trump hired Putin to crack the Podesta server in an effort to embarrass Hilliary…say what? But Podesta outdid the first line of defense, as silly as it was, by denying Hilliary’s words even though they are in the emails! This is a dizzying spectacle that would shame even Richard Nixon. He may rise from his grave to try to reverse his resignation. In any case no Clinton defender has even mentioned the content of the emails or addressed the truth or falsity of the comments therein. The entire Clinton campaign is a effort to avoid substance and for that she is the perfect candidate.
Wait, stop the presses! It has been revealed that Donald Trump is on tape making misogynistic comments about how he feels women like to be treated. This put the Trump defense team to work trying to explain why Donald Trump was acting like Bill Clinton absent, of course, the accusation of rape and serial sexual harassment of the White House interns. The flip side of this coin is getting to watch the Hilliary attack machine try to annihilate Trump for acting like, well, Bill Clinton. If that is not irony then irony does not exist.
This election will have more entertainment value than all before it. Pinocchio is smiling somewhere and Diogenes has, no doubt, concluded that he will not find his honest man among the defenders of political candidates.