Kent Bush: Leave political commentary to the experts
The big events can get really irritating.
Peggy from accounting always wins the office Super Bowl pot, your friend’s girlfriend picks the winner of the Kentucky Derby because she liked the color the jockey was wearing in the race, and Mike from the convenience store wants to talk politics the day after the State of the Union address.
You know the only reason he cares about politics today is because they interrupted his scheduled programming and he missed whatever ridiculous reality show he would have normally been watching.
But he is still a legend in his own mind and an expert on everything from health care to Iranian naval interactions. Mike has really been holding back on us until now.
The people who became political pundits overnight by watching President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech are just like the people who only come to church on Christmas or Easter and complain that the service is too long.
Yes, Obama made the same demand of Joe Biden as Jed Bartlett made 15 years ago on the West Wing’s State of the Union episode. Yes, the applause is silly. Yes, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan looks reminds you of about a half dozen former child stars and internet memes. It is the curse of being young and fit. We all hate him. His smug, pleasantly non-approving facial expressions need some work just in case a Democrat wins the White House again this year.
The speech itself is always somewhat of a Rorschach test. I promise there is only one speech. There aren’t any of those funny little alternative endings that were all the rage in movies for a while.
But somehow some people see a visionary president leading on his way out of office. Some see a monarch preaching to the lowly serfs. Others see a maniac driving America’s crazy train on the Highway to Hell. (That might be the worst mixed metaphor I have ever written, but somehow it just feels right when you’re talking about reactions to Obama so I’m leaving it. I hope reading it didn’t injure your eyeballs.)
These political novices in no way let their general ignorance stop them from being specifically opinionated. Like twice-a-year church goers, they don’t know enough about the process to be a real critic but since when has being uninformed stopped anyone from having strong feelings on the matter? If you have Facebook friends, you know I’m right.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was selected because she helps the Republicans — who are currently being led in the polls by a bigot in a bouffant — avoid many political pitfalls.
Haley is not only a woman, she is also a child of immigrants who helped lead her state in removing the Confederate flag from the state capital. Of course, that angered the Trump machine and his number one asinine aficionado Ann Coulter. Coulter jumped on her Twitter feed and said Trump should deport Haley.
Get it, because she isn’t white and she disagrees with Trump and his ridiculous policy proposals.
I’m just glad that the State of the Union address is over and most people will slide back into discussions about “The Bachelor,” or the NFL playoffs and leave the crazy political comments to those of us who make them all year.
Kent Bush is publisher of Shawnee (Oklahoma) News-Star and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.