Have you ever noticed that when you are a bit under the weather, little things annoy you more than they otherwise might? I’m easily annoyed anyway these days, but being tired and grumpy, it takes very little to set me off. I yelled at Miss Goose this evening because she was looking for the salad dressing in the fridge! To put on the salad that was all I served for dinner tonight. How dare she want dressing to go on it, right? Long story short, if I am grumpy, you know what this means, right? Snarkier than usual Snippets! (I did apologize to Miss Goose and gave her a big hug, so all is well here)
Republicans in quarantine … what a brilliant idea!
Mark Meadows has been White House chief of staff for exactly three days, and now he is in quarantine … or, as the popular term seems to be … self-quarantined. Yep, all these republicans attended the Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) two weeks ago, where an attendee was later confirmed to have a case of coronavirus. Republican Representatives Matt Gaetz and Doug Collins also came into contact with that person at CPAC. I understand that Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Paul Gosar may also have been exposed. Wow … five republicans out of commission for the next 14 days! It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch of people. Not, mind you, that I am wishing illness on any of them … I’m just enjoying the humour of them being decommissioned and unable to destroy anything for the next two weeks!
And speaking of quarantines …
Yesterday, it was reported that Trump is afraid journalists will try to purposefully contract coronavirus to give it to him on Air Force One. Is such paranoia the sign of a healthy mind? No, it isn’t.
The best thing Trump’s staff could do for this nation would be to convince him that he has been exposed to the coronavirus and quarantine him in his suite at Mar-a-Lago with no phone and no computer. Two weeks without having to see his ugly mug, hear his raspy, whiny voice, and we would all feel much better! Not to mention that the nation would save a bundle of money if he were confined to quarters rather than flitting all about for his silly rallies and golf games.
Bye-bye, Mikey … Hello … Nikki?
CNN political analyst Paul Begala has a theory, and it is one that I’ve pondered before. Nikki Haley has been a puzzle since Trump took office. Begala’s theory is that Trump put Pence in charge of the no-win situation overseeing the administration’s response to the coronavirus, which Trump had already royally screwed up by that time, in order to throw Pence under the bus. Why? So he has an excuse to choose a new running mate for November’s election. Who? Begala thinks Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina.
Begala takes it a step further and says that Trump will make the announcement on July 16th, immediately following the acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention by either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. Says Begala …
“This is not a prediction. It’s a certainty. On Thursday, July 16 — that’s the date the Democrat gives his or her acceptance address — on that day, to interrupt that narrative, Donald Trump will call a press conference at Mar-a-Lago. He’s going to dump Mike Pence and put Nikki Haley on the ticket to try to get those suburban moms.”
I can’t speak to his prediction of the timing, though it makes sense, for Trump always must be the center of attention, and when he isn’t, he finds away to hone in. But I have long thought that Trump had some plan for Nikki, and one group with whom he’s largely unpopular is women with brains, so putting a woman on his ticket makes some sense. Personally, I think Haley, who once did some decent things as governor, is a sell-out and I wouldn’t vote for her for dog-catcher, but then, I wouldn’t vote for Trump even if he made Stevie Wonder his running mate.
Oh, by the way … did you folks know that we’re paying to build Ms. Melania a “tennis pavilion” on the South Lawn of the White House? According to a press release back in October, the project was “fueled by Mrs. Trump’s … passion to provide a functional recreational area for all first families to enjoy.” Now wait just a minute … so … if I want to take my family there to play tennis, I can do so? Bwah ha ha … yeah, right. It will be for Melania and her ‘friends’, maybe a few White House staffers. Make no mistake … this is of absolutely zero benefit to ‘We the People’.
Last spring, Melania “revamped” the White House bowling alley, but I guess she got tired of bowling and now wants to play tennis. Yes, by all means, let’s waste our money to keep all the Trumps happy. What’s next … a baseball field for young Barron?
People took to Twitter to critique the project, in light of the seriousness of the global outbreak of the coronavirus, Trump’s heinous immigration policies, the tanking economy, and other valid concerns that her husband is bungling. Not to be deterred (or suddenly possessed of a shred of human decency), Melania responded with her usual arrogance …
“I encourage everyone who chooses to be negative & question my work at the @WhiteHouse to take time and contribute something good & productive in their own communities.”
WHAT WORK??? She doesn’t even have a serious project … her “Be Best” initiative is a joke that never got off the ground, she doesn’t cook or do laundry … she’s a bloomin’ decoration, at best. And what, precisely, has she contributed to any community? Oh, remember … she did go down to the southern border and stare for a few minutes at the kids in cages, while wearing her jacket that said, “I really don’t care. Do U?”
So, friends, dig a little deeper in your pockets … no, not to feed the poor or shelter the homeless … but to entertain Melania.