Today I almost had to cancel my blog for this Sunday. Actually I’m supposed to review an anthology for a friend’s short fiction. I haven’t even gotten to that.
Instead, I am in a Seattle hotel room, early pre-sunrise, with the cable on, and I can’t stop watching CNN.
A guilty pleasure indeed.
The reason for the hotel room is because the husband is across the street in a warm, pressure-controlled bed, teased and pestered by nursing staff, recovering from a redo of his humerus fracture from last May. (No worries. All is well and we head home to Oregon tomorrow.)
This blog is unabashedly political, as you likely suspect after reading the title. I make no apologies; I have nothing personal against people who pushed the Red button in the voting booth because I don’t know you. Well, I know some of you, and all-in-all you’re very nice people.
CNN almost matches the histrionics of Fox News, but hey, I stay in my echo chamber for now. It says something that among hotel and motel rooms I have inhabited, this Seattle cable connection’s first channel is CNN, and not Fox as in many other establishments. It’s also a sign of our times that political bias is shamelessly present on cable news, but still tempered in broadcast news.
I blame Jeff Bezos. Well, I want to blame Jeff Bezos because I think he’s a dick, even though I love free two-day shipping. More blame could be set at the sneakered feet of Zuckerberg, and, to use the parlance of today and yesterday, the “Wild West” ambience of the Internet. There’s not much, really, to be done about conspiracy theory. As if it’s a science.
Their president—not my president—is calling witch hunt, and uses his lies to call out our lies. And his supporters are listening, buoyed by their new-found sense of privilege and open-mic freedom of venues like Twitter where they don’t risk being dragged off the stage by the local authorities. They, and their president, disrespect Constitutionally mandated power balance. Republicans have been chipping away at the foundation of societal protection—this is not to say that the law is perfect, having been manipulated by multiple so-called “leaders” to forward their own racial and political agendas, but to recognize when and how to use existing laws to sanction and perhaps remove a so obviously corrupt elected official.
CNN scooped me just now. I write this with cable chattering in the background, and just as I was making my own comparisons between “Whistleblower” and “Deep Throat”, they just did that. In this case, “Whistleblower” didn’t signal via flower pot or skulk in a parking garage. “Deep Throat” was very, very careful in the dark-spy world of the 1970’s CIA. “Whistleblower” uses the law as her/his protection against a poison needle hidden in an umbrella. Media has come a very long way since the Washington Post’s typewriters, phone calls and yellow note pads.
It took the press and the law two years to nail Nixon. The Ukraine matter could take two months. I’m taking a ring-side seat on a show that is not a prize fight, but an entertaining circus. I love the smell of it and watching high-fliers, trick horses and best of all the clowns. Especially the one in the Mitch McConnell mask. Can’t wait for the finale.
But, what do we do about Mike Pence?
There. Sunday blog complete.