Musings —03.26.2015 07:22 AM—
You all know my views on scandal stuff, but you also know I am a digitized, Internet-based broken record, and possibly not even a person. To wit: scandal-mongering DOESN’T WORK.
Cole’s Notes version as to why:
- The media/politico chattering class call EVERYTHING a scandal, and always append “gate” to the end of same, to no discernible effect
- The public ALREADY think EVERYONE in politics is a crook, so the breathless revelation that someone involved in politics is a crook ISN’T A REVELATION TO THEM
- Joe and Jane Frontporch, the aforementioned public, HAVE HEARD THE HYSTERIA AND HISTRIONICS TOO MANY TIMES, and don’t believe any of it UNTIL THE PERP IS LED AWAY IN AN ORANGE PANTSUIT AND HANDCUFFS
- Joe and Jane believe THE REAL SCANDALS are things like the lack of a JOB, or having to lay in a hospital corridor to get HEALTH CARE, or spending BILLIONS ON SECURITY and deranged, lone-wolf fanatics still figure out a way to kill innocent people – those are THE REAL SCANDALS, not someone expensing something by bona fide mistake, or consensual adults with zipper problems
Ipso facto, we give you JOHN BARBER, who GETS IT. The Mike Duffy “scandal” WILL HAVE NO IMPACT WHATSOEVER, EVER:
…It is expected to take several weeks to flesh out the details, with the help of the innumerable auditors, officials and functionaries who will dominate the witness stand. Duffy might end up with a slapped wrist, which would be vindication compared to the outrageously unfair slagging he has so far received. But he is just as likely to emerge with head held high and the Crown’s dubious case in ruins.