Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Ventriloquist President

Alt-President Edgar B. S. Bannon and his lap dummy, Donnie, put on quite a show last weekend.  

Any day now they're going to put up something like a government but for the moment they're on a roll with the comedy schtick. 

Somebody has taught the dummy to actually write his name!  They set up a television event so that we could watch him signing something.  When they sent the paper to the Keystone Kops in the airports the slapstick was hilarious.

Not everyone digs slapstick.  Some surly bitch over st DOJ was not amused.  Just what Alt-Pres. Bannon wanted: you need a foil to sustain slapstick.  Bannon could barely keep his lips from moving while he had the Donnie dummy shout "You're fired! You refused an order from the White House!" Hilarious.

Some of the satire here was probably too subtle for people who actually thought they were voting for the dummy when they put the ventriloquist in charge of the country.  Here's the background:

Back in September of 2015, when we still had a real president, he nominated Sally Yates to be deputy attorney general and the Senate held a confirmation hearing.  One of her questioners was Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is now Alt-President Edgar B. S. Bannon's nominee to be the permanent attorney general and actually supposedly sort of run the Department of Justice.  (This is not a joke.  They mean it.  Sessions. Justice.  Really.) Anyway, at that Senate hearing, the following exchange took place:

 SESSIONS: You have to watch out because people will be asking you to do things you just need to say “no” about. Do you think the Attorney General has the responsibility to say no to the President if he asks for something that’s improper? A lot of people have defended the [Loretta] Lynch nomination, for example, by saying, “Well [Obama] appoints somebody who’s going to execute his views. What’s wrong with that?” But if the views the president wants to execute are unlawful, should the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General say no?

YATES: Senator, I believe the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General has an obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and to give their independent legal advice to the president."

Hilarious.  It’s like, the Dean waxed wroth and then they turned things around, see, and had Roth wax the Dean for a while. Meanwhile Harpo is behind a fern, laughing like crazy.  I mean, like, send in the clowns!  Don’t bother, they’re here!

You’ve got to hand it to the Alt-Pres.  Takes a guy with his very excellent IQ to divine that old-fashioned vaudeville would play so well  today if you moved it to D.C. and put it on the TV.  

Of course, it helps if you can teach the dummy to write his name.


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