I tried to stay out of it. I really did. Now I’m about to be that guy at the bar who starts talking about politics.
I’ve lived in Ireland for over a year and a half now. When I first moved here, Trump and Clinton were foregone conclusions to win their nominations. After he won in November, I tried to keep an open mind.
I emailed a buddy of mine on the day of the inauguration, hoping that the Democrats’ fears and worries about Trump were similar to those of Republicans’ about Obama. Remember, they called him a fascist and made Hitler references, too.
But as time passed, I just couldn’t do it. Even living 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, getting non-standard TV News (including, yes CNN International), I just couldn’t take it. So I changed who I followed on Twitter, made it much more basketball-centric, and got away from my own liberal echo-chamber that I found myself in. Still longing to be a somewhat-engaged citizen, I couldn’t totally disconnect, and continued following several journalists, but was much more picky (do they tweet too much, do they do a lot of tweet storms, etc.)
And I was happy – I was getting enough, but not too much. I had regulated my politics intake appropriately.
But this Nancy Pelosi interview on Sunday just pulled me right back in.
A quick recap – Nancy Pelosi, arguably one of the three most famous democrats of the current office holders, went on Meet the Press Sunday and was asked about sexual harassment and Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan). Conyers basically paid someone, using taxpayers dollars, to keep quiet about his sexual harassment. Read this BuzzFeed article for the details. Pelosi’s answer was, ummm, uninspiring:
“We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused — and was it one accusation? Is it two? I think there has to be — John Conyers is an icon in our country. He has done a great deal to protect women — Violence Against Women Act, which the left — right-wing — is now quoting me as praising him for his work on that, and he did great work on that. But the fact is, as John reviews his case, which he knows, which I don’t, I believe he will do the right thing.”
To borrow a phrase I use much more frequently now in Ireland: For fuck’s sake, Nancy. This is why people hate politics. You know who she sounds like there? Donald Trump, defending Roy Moore (a topic for another time – how creepy do you have to be to get banned from the mall?). And yes, I know the accusations are different. I’m not equating the accusations, I’m equating the responses to the accusations.
How hard is it to say: “Ya know Chuck, life is complicated. Good people do bad things, and sometimes bad people do good things. How an individual wants to judge a person, weighing those good and bad things, is up to each of us. But we cannot condone or allow this type of bad behavior in the Democratic Party.”
You immediately draw a line in the sand with the Republicans, and could have further called out Roy Moore, and The Donald himself for his bad behavior. Why not bring up the Access Hollywood tape again? She could have been bold, she could have made a huge statement, instead she cowered and stuck by a criminal.
It should be noted that she has followed up the interview with some additional comments (on Twitter, because of course):
The democrats are definitely going to blow this Trump thing. The fact that no 40-something liberal wunderkind has emerged after all the shit that’s happened in the last 24 months, shows how doomed they are. The septuagenarians are running the show, and no one else is allowed in. Only Trump can fuck this up for Republicans.
I think Obama ran for President four/eight years too early, and I think he did it because he got to the Senate and realized how fucked up the whole place is. It’s all these old men, like really old. and a few women, who have been working together for years. The only way to ‘move up’ in the Senate is to stick around long enough that someone dies or finally decides to retire.
I think Obama got to the Senate, looked around and said, “I’m way too good for this. I’m smarter and more talented than all these people around me, yet for the next 20 years I’m still going to be known as the Junior Senator from Illinois. Fuck this shit.’ And then like the badass that he is he threw down his cigarette and stormed through his Senate office as ‘Picture Me Rollin’ played over the speakers.
This episode with Pelosi just proves the democrats still don’t have their shit together. They are still bringing knives to gun fights, and they have no clue how to function in a 2017 environment. The only good news is that Trump is so hated they still have a chance to take back the House, even given their stale, shitty, lack-of-a-real-policy-position campaigns.
And with that, I need to go unfollow some more people on Twitter.