Here is zoebrain’s Comment of the Day on the post, “Wednesday Ethics, 9/2/2020: Faking Here, Faking There, Faking, Faking Everywhere!,” regarding #3, which discussed the Nancy Pelosi hair salon debacle:
Pelosi demonstrates arrogant dishonesty. Again.
I wish she *had* been set up. The more politicians are compelled to be on their best behaviour 100% of the time lest their true colours be shown in public, the better.
Right now, the bar has been set so low the DNC can get away with anything, and still look and be “better” than their opponents. That is unutterably wrong, and the greatest damage caused by this Presidency. The normalising of the unacceptable.
But that’s Trump. This is Pelosi, and she shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it if we are to remedy the damage. When they go low, we have to go high. That is obviously not happening. It’s gotta stop.
I jumped zoebrain’s comment over two idling COTD, for several reasons. Yes, it’s short, but zoe is usually admirably concise. I was preparing a longer post about the Pelosi incident, and this comment provides a perfect opening. It also harkens back to my 2015 post, “A Nation of Assholes.” What I did not foresee was that the Trump “lowering of the bar” for the culture’s civility, integrity and ethics generally would be exploited so thoroughly by adults: I assumed that it would be the rising generations that would be corrupted. But no, unfortunately. As the follow-up posts to that one quickly acknowledged, it was every other part of the culture, in particular Democrats and the “resistance.”
This has been, of course, a disaster for them as well as for the country. Given an opportunity to truly “go high,” they went lower than low, shredding all norms of political decorum, fairness and decency while simultaneously exploring the outer reaches of hypocrisy by calling the President’s defiance of democratic norms a threat to democracy.
Pelosi hasn’t been the only or even the worst culprit in this doomed strategy (or perhaps they couldn’t help themselves), but she is certainly the most visible and powerful. Is it normal to tear up the text of the State of the Union Message on TV?
The arrogance and hypocrisy of Democrats–members of the party Pelosi leads—regarding the pandemic has been striking from the beginning, but the mainstream media, as usual with news stories that cut against their agenda, tried to tamp it all down. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) made the argument that her hair is more important than your hair. New York’s train wreck of a mayor, Bill de Blasio worked out at a gym after telling the rest of New York City that they must not. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was photographed dining indoors in a Maryland restaurant after he banned indoor dining in Philadelphia as too dangerous.
The Right’s conspiracy theory that the Axis of Unethical Conduct (The Democrats/”resistance” and mainstrem media) was deliberately using the Wuhan virus as a way to crash the economy to defeat President Trump initially seemed absurd to me, and at a gut level, it still does. Surely no American politicians could be that ruthless. Yet Pelosi’s actions can only be described as a smoking gun; the question is whether it is proof positive of malice, or stupidity—yes, it’s Hanlon’s Razor again.
Initially it looked like Pelosi was trying to convince us she was stupid, huminahumina-ing that she didn’t know she was doing anything wrong. That didn’t work, because she had lectured the public about the importance of wearing masks. She then tried this excuse:
“I don’t wear a mask when I’m washing my hair. Do you wear a mask when you’re washing your hair?I always have a mask. I always have a mask, for me, for the people I’m encountering, but for my family as well. But I don’t wear it when I’m getting my hair washed. And that picture is when I just came out of the bowl of getting my hair wet.”
Fellow hair-washer (what IS this hair they speak of?) Ann Althouse called that one out:
“I don’t wear a mask when I’m alone in my bathroom washing my hair, but when I went to the salon to have my hair done, I wore a mask the entire time I was inside, including when my hair was washed. And I did not have a choice in the matter.”
Then there is the inconvenient truth that hair salons in California have been closed by government order, by California Governor Newsom—Pelosi’s nephew. A normal citizen obviously can’t call up a salon and make them open and defy the law, but that’s exactly what the Speaker did. That’s what made her next excuse particularly despicable, and signature significance for a member of the ruling elite. She actually defaulted to the Marion Barry defense, “The bitch set me up!,” except Nancy didn’t say “bitch.” Riiiight, by doing what she was asked to do by the most powerful woman in the nation, the salon owner “set up” Pelosi.
You see, if Pelosi claimed the owner contacted her and invited her for a snip an blow, that would be a set-up. So in addition to exemplifying the principle flagrantly paraded by both parties, “Laws are for the little people,” Pelosi also relied upon what has seemed to me to be their most crucial misconception over the past four years: “the public is stupid, and will believe anything.”
Not all of the public, you arrogant fool. Not enough of the public, either.