Is it me, or is the Joe Biden scandal rather touching?
If your irascible Squire may paraphrase the New Testament, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of needle than for the average Joe (Biden) to pass the Progressive Purity Test.
Our Progressive friends put a magnifying glass to a supreme court nominee’s high school yearbook. They cart off a grave marker installed by bloodied veterans of the Union cause because it was conscripted by sons and daughters of the Confederate dead. Do you have a nice green lawn? Sign of white supremacy, according to a UW teaching assistant who lectured the guilty white people (and one “so-called” black man) on the Madison school board.
“Joe Biden smelled my hair.” Just once, I wish the man would say, “and it smelled real good.” (The word “goo-ooo-ood” drawn out in that way that Andy Griffith used to do when he was advertising coffee. Accompanied by an exaggerated sniffing in the manner of Hannibal Lecter slurping after describing his meal of liver and fava beans accompanied by “a nice chianti.” The nose twitching like a rabbit on methamphetamine.)
Yeah, the white lab coats at the Policy Werkes scold the Orange Man in the White House for his absence of couth. But he may be onto something, at that. You’re offended? Isn’t that special! (More stage direction: The word “THPeshul” is splattered like little Ronnie Howard describing what the Wells Fargo wagon would bring in the Music Man.)
Gerard Baker “exposes the deep rot” in the Wall Street Journal:
Imagine for a moment you’re the ruler of China. You’ve got a master plan to run the world.
The main obstacle to your ambitions, of course, is America, shining city on a hill, a nation founded on an ideal …
Mindful of all this, you look across at this great nation and discover that the big question preoccupying the people who control the public conversation there this week is: Should Joe Biden be disqualified from the presidency because he sniffed that woman’s hair?
I have a simple question for you: Is this really happening, people?
… This obsessive puritanism is merely one symptom of the malaise in our public discourse, which runs deep and wide. It also lies in the trivialization of serious political issues; the willful mischaracterization of one another’s views; the seething mutual contempt for an opposing voice; the rancor that suffuses discussion of even the least consequential of topics …
Speaking of China, does any of this remind you of the China Cultural Revolution?