Remember the glory and majesty of the Obama years, gentle readers? Remember Ben Rhodes, the failed novelist Mr. Obama appointed a deputy national security advisor, and a primary advisor on the Iran deal? Remember how Rhodes sold the deal by lying to the press and then bragging about deceiving them? Remember how he–a 30-something–insulted the press, calling them a bunch of 27-year olds that knew nothing? Remember how they loved Rhodes and Obama all the more and kept deceiving the American public on their behalf? Oh, those were the days!
Those days are gone, but people like Rhodes, and a variety of other Democrats, continue to try to rekindle the spark of intellectual and moral superiority of the most transparent and honest administration in American history. An excellent example of this lost majesty was in evidence when Mr. Trump tweeted a photo celebrating the passing of the tax bill:
Dan Pfeiffer, also an Obama advisor, demonstrated the kind of dignified decorum for which Democrats are justly infamous, which caused Rhodes to demonstrate the kind of dedication to American constitutionalism for which all Obamites are known:
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was seriously wounded in a mass assassination attempt against republican members of Congress during a baseball practice, was far more measured:
Rhodes has not, to my knowledge, apologized for his death wish. However, a great many progressives have either doubled down on calling for the deaths of their political foes, or have tried to explain away Rhodes’ incivility. Some have claimed Rhodes was merely referring to the “political obituaries” of those he hoped to die. My favorite was written by Timothy P. Carney in The Washington Examiner.
Carney actually blames anyone criticizing Rhodes, quoting Phil Wegmann:
Obviously this is repulsive. And it’s exactly the sort of thing Obama warned against during his final year in office when he bemoaned the lack of generosity and charity in politics.
That almost sounds like Carney agrees with Wegman, that Rhodes’ death wish is repulsive, but that’s not at all what he’s saying:
The charitable and, in my view, simplest way to read Rhodes’ tweet is the same way you read these lines on Mara and Obama — a prediction of what their legacy will be when eventually they die.
Of course! What else could Rhodes have possibly meant? True, he didn’t write that or anything that could reasonably be read to imply that, but that’s obviously what he must have meant.
These are the people, gentle readers, who want to have “discussions” with us about a wide variety of issues. These are the people whose word we are supposed to accept and trust. These are the people that want the President, Vice President, Speaker Of The House and Senate Majority Leaders indicted or dead for the unimaginable and vile crime of allowing Americans to keep more of their own money.
Remember when life was so much simpler? Remember when experts told us, the God and gun clingers of flyover country, what to think, what to do and how to live? Those were the days.