The Importance of Being Earnest

Carneyby Glenn Fairman   5/30/14
How difficult it had to have been for Jay Carney.  Even if one is a True Believer of the Progressive faith, the constant drumbeat of incompetence and scandal had to have been wearing on him—like a bulletproof vest that has been used too many times.

Even now, as he leaves the H.M.S. Titanic on a rowboat tour of the adjacent icebergs and the pressure of justifying the indefensible has been alleviated, he cannot rest.  Being America’s equivalent of “Baghdad Bob” carries with it a certain heaviness, since he knows where all the bodies are buried.  In Friday’s touching embrace, one could imagine Obama whispering sinister-like into his ear, “Open your mouth and you’re dead, dead, dead!”  It would have played well in some 1950’s noir drama.

Obama is hard on his underlings – like a pit bull is on a Chihuahua. He makes them say terrible things that no one believes and they are expected to hold a straight face afterwards and stifle the laugh or gag reflex.  Jay had a momentous task though and had to be admired – like Hercules’ labor of cleaning out the Augean Stables.  The only difference was, instead of shoveling dung, Carney was laying it down.

One wonders what Barry will do, having to, so late in the game, break in a new lad that is not used to what has to be the “Most Thankless Job in America,” except for Michelle’s couturier. For “The Mendacious One” it has to be fearful: like a tyrant watching his trusted food taster keel over after a bit of hummus: he was happy the guy was there to do his job, but wonders how good the next guy will be.

On a more cryptic note, it is said that Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will be taking over the reins; and he has some mucky shoes to fill. Since “to josh’” is to fool someone or make things up and to be “earnest” is to be upright and truthful, we have a character here that is, at least nominally – false and true.  Such a mixture of prevarication and truth can serve a Press Secretary and his President quite well, thank you. I think he will fit in just fine……
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8 Responses to The Importance of Being Earnest

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    These are the kinds of guys that American must recognize as not just misguided but evil.

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The man is simply one of the more blatant examples of the mendacity which runs rampant in our society. Josh Ernest will, no doubt, carry on this tradition in an exemplary manner.

    The Obamanation could not have been elected and re-elected but for the substantial cultural rot constantly eating away at this country. For the fools who say cultural does not matter so much, please keep your seats on the Titanic. That was not an ice berg which we just hit. It was the big rock candy mountain.

  3. Glenn — thanks for writing this. I was so hoping someone able would have fun with these press poseurs. Wonderful little piece.

  4. Timothy Lane says:

    I could sympathize with Jay Blarney if he hadn’t “made love” to that employment (as Hamlet said in dismissing the fates of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern — perhaps not a fit response to an article whose title is inspired by that of an Oscar Wilde comedy that I read in 10th grade [and had a modestly important character named Lane in it]). But no doubt after a short wait he’ll join some Obama-shilling “news” organization as an “objective” commentator (thus continuing his Obama sycophancy).

  5. Glenn Fairman says:

    My apologies for attaching this piece to one of the greatest comedies of the English language. Every time it is on I watch it intently……not the new rendition, but the 1950 version with Michael Redgrave. Oscar Wilde may have had his dark and dreadful side, but the man could write. And his penetrating humor at the expense of England’s upper caste has made him immortal.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I’m not trying to be pedantic or a nit-picker from the peanut gallery. But that version apparently came out in 1952. I noted this when coming up empty on a Google search for “1950.” I don’t know if I’ve seen this. You make it sound interesting.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I’ve never seen any Wilde play, or any movie based on a play, though I think I did see the ending of The Picture of Dorian Gray. I’ve read them all; I picked up a collection of Wilde’s plays after reading several of Gyles Brandreth’s mysteries with Wilde as the detective. I already had (and had read) the novel, as part of an anthology of Gothics.

  6. Glenn Fairman says:

    Pull up a seat and a bag of popcorn and have your remote ready for pause and rewind. If you like the urbane caustic wit of English class humor, you will love this. The film starts out as a play and turns into a movie… is beautifully acted and the characters are amazingly vain and witty……….

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