‘Mob’ over 60 emerges as a dire threat

Pawtucket Times - - OPINION - By CON­NIE SCHULTZ Cre­ators Syn­di­cate you. 3.” Don’t you love farce? My fault, I fear. I thought that you’d want what I want. Sorry, my dear. But where are the clowns? Quick, send in the clowns. Don’t bother. They’re here. Con­nie Schultz is a Pulitzer

All these years -- 61 and count­ing -and not once have I been as­so­ci­ated with a mob.

Un­til now.

This is ex­hil­a­rat­ing. “Ha­rass­ing mem­bers at their homes,” Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell told The New York Times, “crowd­ing the halls with peo­ple act­ing hor­ri­bly, the ef­fort to hu­mil­i­ate us...”

He was re­fer­ring to sur­vivors of sex­ual as­sault and their sup­port­ers, the ma­jor­ity of them women, try­ing to ap­peal to Repub­li­can sen­a­tors’ bet­ter an­gels, who flew the coop some time ago.

Brett Ka­vanaugh, the rag­ing par­ti­san nom­i­nee for the Supreme Court, was con­firmed. Repub­li­can sen­a­tors, McCon­nell proudly de­clared, “stood up to the mob.”

Mob.

It’s the new GOP meme for men who have no idea what a meme is.

“They have en­cour­aged mob rule,” Sen. Chuck Grass­ley said on the Se­nate floor.

“Amer­i­cans out­side the Belt­way don’t take kindly to ... a paid mob try­ing to pre­vent sen­a­tors from do­ing the will of their con­stituents,” Sen. Or­rin Hatch said. There is no ev­i­dence that any protesters were paid, but he said it any­way be­cause he liked the lie.

Speaking of Don­ald Trump, he showed up at a rally in Kansas and brayed, “In their quest for power, the rad­i­cal Democrats have turned into an an­gry mob. You saw that to­day with the scream­ing and the shout­ing.”

Scream­ing and shout­ing – where have we heard that be­fore?

Iowa, that’s where.

At that rally, Trump de­lighted in the crowd’s scream­ing and shout­ing, “Lock her up!” This time, they were re­fer­ring not to Hil­lary Clin­ton but to Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein. Ap­par­ently, any over-60 “her” will do. I can’t tell you how much that thrills 61-year-old me. Who knew we could be so scary? I’ve got goose pim­ples of power pop­ping up all over me.

“Chasing sen­a­tors down the hall,” Rep. Peter King groused.

Ouch. How many times have I chased Ohio’s se­nior se­na­tor down the hall for a kiss good­bye? He’s my hus­band, but still. Think of the op­tics.

Not Me, I mean.

GOP op­er­a­tive Karl Rove, of all peo­ple, of­fered the tee­ni­est of rep­ri­mands: “The mob is a use­ful thing to talk about,” he told The Wash­ing­ton Post, “but it’s more im­por­tant to say the Democrats fun­da­men­tally broke the process.”

This from the man who, in 2001, told The New Yorker, “As peo­ple do bet­ter, they start vot­ing like Repub­li­cans -- un­less they have too much ed­u­ca­tion and vote Demo­cratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.”

Now, if you were Trump, you’d say, “I love the poorly ed­u­cated,” which is what he did say dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign. He was flanked on­stage by his two el­dest sons, who grinned like the bob­ble­heads in my car’s back win­dow – if they re­ally ex­isted, which they don’t. The bob­ble­heads, I mean. Don’t want to get your hopes up here.

McCon­nell claims protesters helped unify his base of what passes for Repub­li­cans these days. “I want to thank these clowns for all the help they pro­vided.” That is a foam prop too far. Im­me­di­ately, I thought of my friend Jackie. She has feared clowns all her life. We never fig­ured out why un­til Mitch McCon­nell called sur­vivors of sex­ual as­sault and their sup­port­ers clowns.

As we talked, we re­al­ized that Jackie’s ear­li­est ex­pe­ri­ence with a clown came af­ter her mother gave her a Weary Wil­lie doll, mod­eled on Em­mett Kelly’s clown char­ac­ter. For those of you un­fa­mil­iar with Weary Wil­lie, he is a sad clown. Mor­bidly sad. All he ever does is frown.

Now, imag­ine you are a child shar­ing a bed­room with woe­ful Weary Wil­lie.

“He was in the dark, Con,” Jackie told me in her ghost-story voice. “Next to my bed. I was

“Jack!” I shouted. “Weary Wil­lie the rea­son you fear clowns!”

Quite the epiphany. Thank you, Mitch McCon­nell. We can’t wait to tell her wife.

“You should be a said.

Mob­ster. Clown cri­sis coun­selor. I can barely keep up with these new ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Jackie and I ended our con­ver­sa­tion by belt­ing out our now-fa­vorite verse of Judy Collins’ “Send in the Clowns”: ther­a­pist,” is Jackie

Never mind this mob of sur­vivors of sex­ual as­sault and their sup­port­ers, McCon­nell said. “These things al­ways blow over.”

OK, Dorothy. Keep don’t hear these high around you.

Just make sure you don’t look to your left. pre­tend­ing you winds howl­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.