Comedian Seth Meyers has emerged during the Trump decade (it seems much longer…) as a witty purveyor of reality-based respite. He employs liberal doses of comedy to serve up his frequent insights against the dark backdrop of brazen, maddening, hate-filled alternative-fact based absurdity that has become the norm for many of our public officials. The choice, when our president insists that Nazis and their victims are all “very fine people” (I just prefer the former), is laughing or raging, and laughing is better — it feels good and reminds us to remain philosophical while we figure out how to organize to make things better. Meyers, a peerless master of snark, always gets a laugh out of me, a marvelous thing during times like these. He is as disgusted as the rest of us to have become our fellow citizen of a shit-hole country and much funnier about it. He takes a closer look at some of the worst of “current events”, sets out the facts, reports them, mocks them, often while providing a serious, sensible comment you don’t hear anywhere else.
Seth’s recent A Closer Look: “Republicans Try to Dismiss Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial” concludes with the smart observation that Republicans, in their focus on maintaining power at any cost, have shown they truly don’t care whether Trump organized and incited a murderous riot against Congress or not. (It’s not like anyone actually strung up Mike Pence… get over it!!! Pelosi is alive too, so shut up!) He points out that the GOP also, by taking the position that Trump, now that his term has expired, may not be constitutionally impeached or otherwise punished for “provoking the riot” (in Mitch “this is unconstitutional” McConnell’s phrase), shows they don’t care if Trump, or anyone else on their side, does the same thing again. There is clearly no problem with planning and inciting an armed insurrection against the government, as long as it is done for their side. Here’s Seth:
The arguments of Trump’s champions in Congress — and their charges of Democrat [sic] “hypocrisy” “double standards” and “breathless hysteria” — are hard to refute — unless you look plainly at the facts of the case.
‘This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country. Democrats claim to want to unify the country, but impeaching a former president, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity.” — Libertarian Rand Paul introducing his vote on the constitutionality of Trumps’ second impeachment.
“They hate Donald J. Trump and they are engaging in an act that I think is petty, I think it is retribution, I think it is vindictive, and I think it’s a waste of time. And so, to coin a phrase, I think it’s time to move on.” — Lyin’ Ted Cruz, dismissing the whole thing as more ugly, left-wing bullshit.
Or, as Lindsey Graham passionately told the persecuted Boof Kavanaugh during the rebuttal session of his confirmation hearing:
“You’ve got nothing to apologize for!… this is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics, and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you have done to this guy! Are you a gang rapist? [Kavanaugh: “no”]. I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through. Boy, y’all want power. God, I hope you never get it! I hope the American people can see through this sham… Dr. Ford is as much a victim as you are…”
Aren’t we all?