Get a room you two!
We were not huggers, growing up in mid 20th-century Wisconsin. Perhaps because there were too many of us in our farm family. That, and often we had just come in from the barn.
Then some fat Italian guy was all over mass media in the 1970s peddling the healing powers of the bodily embrace. (Who was that guy?) Now, seldom-seen cousins zero in on the body like a nose tackle in the NFL.
The head groundskeeper at Blaska Policy Werkes was kvetching at the barista of his favorite coffee shop a few years ago when the young lady behind him in line declared that what the irrascible one needed was a good hug. Whereupon she administered — unbidden — a bosomy embrace. At its completion, the complete stranger pressed her business card into the reeling victim’s hand. She is a professional hugger.
We wonder how her business is doing in today’s climate of Covid-19 paranoia, when even the business-like handshake is a bygone relic of Mad Men, the noon martini, and pro-police Democrats.
Dark shadows have been cast!
This overly long (and arguably tedious) prologue takes us to U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein 10-15-20. The ranking member of the Judiciary Committee offended the Trump Resistance by embracing the Republican chairman, Lindsay Graham, in a full body squeeze. Associated Press reports:
It was a hug that quickly cast a shadow over Dianne Feinstein’s long career in the U.S. Senate. The California Democrat embraced Republican Lindsey Graham at the close of confirmation hearings Thursday for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, publicly thanking the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman for a job well done.
“This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in,” Feinstein said.
Calls from liberal activists for her ouster from Democratic leadership were swift, unequivocal and relentless.
“It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, which opposes conservative nominees to the courts.
No mask, no social distancing. But that is not what roasts progressives’ chestnuts. It is the collegiality that offends them. These are the same people who demand Kyle Rittenhouse’s head on a pike but refuse to get crossways with the Marxists burning, looting, and shooting Portland OR, Oakland CA, and Kenosha WI.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Progressives need anger like the Nascar needs crash-ups. Keeps the interest up.