‘A sarcastic jerk’ comments
The top line at CNN on-line early this morning (06-08-19) is:
“Family wants answers in Army vet’s death”
— a headline about as anodyne as they come. Families are always wanting answers when a member dies.
Relegated to a secondary position is Trump’s victory in slowing the migrant refugee flood from Mexico. He played tough by threatening tariffs and Mexico responded with reforms, including:
- hardening its border with Guatemala;
- letting asylum seekers cool their heels in Mexico while they await adjudication;
- cracking down on human traffickers.
The story was top-line at the Wall Street Journal and the NY Times. But at MSNBC, you could almost feel the pucker. It tried to spin the story as a Trump retreat by headlining: “Trump won’t impose tariffs on Mexico, for now.
The president announced what appears to be a deal with Mexico on trade and migration to avoid implementing tariffs, but it’s not clear yet if the outlines of the deal are actually feasible or legal.
No mention at all on Vox.
Democrats behaving badly
Democrats, who have denied any crisis at the border, were truculent.
Chuck Schumer, WaPo tells us, “reacted sarcastically”:
“This is an historic night! @realDonaldTrump has announced that he has cut a deal to ‘greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico, and into the United States,’ ” Schumer wrote on Twitter. “Now that that problem is solved, I’m sure we won’t be hearing any more about it in the future.”
So he’s telling us to worry that it’s a phony claim of a deal — fake news. Or does he sound like a sarcastic jerk, hearing about progress dealing with a problem and snarking about how it’s not actually completely solved? But what’s the poor man to do? His party suffers if there is an immigration problem and if Trump has any success solving it. Oh, I don’t know, he could be gracious and hopeful.
What we are reading:
“Madison Is a Lefty Town—Just Not for Everyone”
The newly elected mayor of Madison, Satya Rhodes-Conway, wants to advance racial equity in the most segregated state in America.
We conservatives do laugh at ourselves. Dana Carvey is funny; never mind that he parodies Republicans. Here he does Donald Trump.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’re kicking ourselves we missed the Paul McCartney concert Thursday night at the UW-Madison Kohl Center.