By Dave Simpson, Columnist
Don’t look now, but I don’t think this “coming together” deal is working.
Joe Biden contends that it’s time to stop the political roughhousing; recognize that he will be president; realize that there was nothing to see here – move along folks – with his wealthy, jet-setting boy Hunter; realize that there was nothing to see here – move along folks – with the truly curious events of election night; and “put away the harsh rhetoric.”
What he wants is the perfect victory. He and his party hounded Donald Trump for the last four years, ridiculing him, wire tapping his staffers, accusing him of every crime imaginable, making fun of his hair, dumping Big Gulps on the heads of people brave enough to wear MAGA hats, calling his supporters “deplorables,” hectoring his staffers out of restaurants, calling him a racist, spending $48 million on a two-year investigation that came to nothing, impeaching him over a telephone call, fighting him over every project, initiative, tax cut, trade deal and appointment he dared propose, and turning him into a nightly joke on network TV.
But, now Biden wants to be friends.
He might want to have a word with Robert Reich, the former Labor Secretary under President Clinton, who wrote this about Trump in a Tweet:
“When this nightmare is over, we need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It would erase Trump’s lies, comfort those who have been harmed by his hatefulness, and name every official, politician, executive and media mogul whose greed and cowardice enabled this catastrophe.”
Catastrophe? I know people – normal people who don’t fly around in private jets – whose retirement funds are up over 30 percent since Trump was elected.
But Reich wants to set us straight, pass out blame, maybe ruin some careers.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling the love here. And I’m going to wait a while before I beat my sword into a plowshare.
It’s time, our liberal friends and most in the news media tell us, to accept the election results, even though there are still members of Biden’s party who haven’t accepted the election of Donald Trump four years ago.
On “The View,” an angry Whoopi Goldberg scolded people like us the other day, shaking her finger and yelling that we just have to “suck it up, just like we did.” But they never sucked anything up, hating Trump with a vociferous intensity from before he was even elected. The angry women of “The View” never accepted the will of the voters in electing Trump in 2016.
A former Obama staffer named Hari Sevugan even suggested that a “Trump Accountability Project” be mounted, so that anyone who dared work for Trump could be held publicly accountable, so that they might never work again.
Late word is that someone in the Biden camp told the Trump Accountability Project folks to cool their jets, probably because highly-paid Washington perennials wouldn’t want a trend like that to get started.
I don’t think Joe Biden is going to get his perfect victory, with us all making S’mores around the campfire, singing “KumBaYah.”
The wounds are way too fresh for that.
I suspect they don’t really want unity at all. What they want is conformity.
AND LASTLY: In a recent column I suggested that if Democrats take control of the Senate, folks should bury their life savings in coffee cans in their back yards, and shelter in place in their basements until 2022. It was pointed out by a rather humorless reader that I am not a trained retirement planner (true), and folks could take me seriously. So, for the record, don’t bury your money in coffee cans.
Milk cans are more durable, and hold a lot more money.
I was also criticized for mentioning the fact that a successful candidate for the U.S. Senate was a former rodeo queen – asking why that would be a reason to vote for her.
I’ve never seen a rodeo queen kneel during the national anthem, disrespect the flag, tear up jack in Portland, lie, cheat, or spend money like a drunken sailor.
I say rodeo queen is a resume enhancer, any day of the week.
Dave Simpson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org