Mind if we take our leave?
Like we used to do in the 1950s for Sky King and Mighty Mouse, the indentured servants here at Stately Blaska Manor lay belly down on the threadbare carpet to watch Tucker Carlson on the b&w Philco.
It’s a guilty pleasure. Doesn’t mean they always agree with the opinionator. But he is entertaining. Puckish Tucker cracked wise on America’s secretary of transportation.
Normally a nonentity, the transportation secretary is the celebrity Pete Buttigieg. We’re paying attention to his area of responsibility because our store shelves are as barren as socialist Venezuela. There’s nothing to buy because container ships are queued up all the way to China.
No wonder, because Buttigieg is not on the job. Taking paternity leave with his (ahem) husband. Turns out they adopted twins.
Tucker quipped that Pete and his husband, Chasten, were “trying to figure out how to breastfeed.”
“Needlessly ugly, anti-gay,” tuts our gay friend Greg Humphrey. Perhaps so. (Maybe if Dave Chapelle had delivered the line?)
Pete is a Woke folk hero
Buttigieg is a three-time hero to the political Left: 1) he’s gay, 2) married to another man, and 3) adopting kids. Wait, there’s a fourth trophy: he’s taking parental leave! The head groundskeeper at the Werkes has made his peace with numbers one through three but, dammit, we draw the line at parental leave for high-ranking partisan political appointees.
Progressives are like old J.P. Morgan. Asked what the old profiteer wanted, he replied, “More!” Progressives want it all, paid for by the man behind the tree. Make the USA more like Europe, they demand. France, for example, shuts down during the month of August. Progs now lobby for somethng like a three-day work week. Somewhere deep within Biden’s Build Back Better, we suspect, is paid, universal parental leave.
Pete’s’s been off the job since mid-August!
Paid! The white lab coats at the Werkes wonder if the secretary of defense could take off for two months. Could ace pitcher Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers bow out during the baseball playoffs? What if Nancy Pelosi decides to adopt? Is that why nobody hears from Kamala Harris any more?
→ Makes you wonder what if Buttigieg had been elected President!
A president (or a governor) typically ask their cabinet officials if they can give him four years. Pete Buttigieg signed up for the gig. Involves some sacrifices, no? Why he makes the Big Bucks, yes? He wants to do a family, get civil service. We’re with National Review on this one:
Buttigieg is a man. He’s not a mother who gave birth and is breastfeeding a child. He’s not even assisting a mother who gave birth and is breastfeeding a child. This is not about Buttigieg being gay, but about his being a man whose physical burden simply is not the same as a woman’s when a child is brought into the world.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: “Buttigieg is a man” (and he can’t help but love you so). Now THERE’s fighting words as triggering as anything out of Tucker Carlson’s microphone.