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June 4, 2008

The Mayhem of May

Kevin E. Dayhoff

For those who have desperately clung to a concept of civility and a respect for the office of the president, May was truly the month of full-employment for gossips, political pundits, and the ghoulish goblins of social maladjustment.

Alas, in the Internet-information age, the greatest hoax in life continues to be the hope for personal safety.

May was not pretty and all signs of the hope that the upcoming summer months may provide any reprieve look to be – well – hopeless.

First among equally salacious and tawdry events of late was the release of the “kiss-and-tell-all” book, “What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception,” by Scott McClellan, former White House press secretary.

Mr. McClellan succeeded Ari Fleisher on July 15, 2003. He mercifully resigned April 19, 2006, after increasing complaints that he was lackluster, uninspiring, and as effective as a New Jersey tollbooth attendant at being compelling and persuasive with the president’s message.

In the rapacious Washington world where there is a greater narcissistic loyalty to greed, 15 minutes of fame, and the highly rewarding realm of the politics of personal destruction, the book may as well have been produced by the makers of Maalox. The memoir has scored an 11 on a scale of one-to-10 in causing people in the Bush administration heartburn and gas.

Mr. McClellan’s work is masterfully malicious in his criticism of President Bush’s handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, the administration’s supposed involvement in the leaking of the identity of a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Plame. Not to be overlooked are his gratuitous character assassinations of Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the president.

Yes, of course, the bar is set high in the United States in what constitutes libel of a “public figure,” but nevertheless, all but the most stalwart of those inflicted with “Bush Derangement Syndrome” have been taken aback by his level of personal betrayal.

Hopefully Mr. McClellan invests his ill-gotten gains from book sales well. After liberals have finished their meal of the fresh red meat prepared by Mr. McClellan, where will he ever find gainful employment? After he is used for all he is worth, he will be discarded like a used tissue…

Of course, on the other side of the aisle, in the second act of the “Mayhem of May” tragic opera, the Democrats still seem to be determined to grab defeat from the jaws of victory.

The tragic drama in center stage came last weekend when the presumptive Democrat presidential candidate, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, announced that he was resigning his 20-year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

The latest Obama pastor-problem surfaced in a spectacular manner May 25 when Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest, joined the Rev. Jeremiah Wright in the cast of this heretical operatic Kabuki morality play.

In Father Pfleger’s masterful performance he pretended he was Senator Clinton crying because “a black man (is) stealing my show.”

Not even the most fertile mind of counter-culture nihilist fiction writers could have made this up. The video of Father Pfleger’s performance raised the bar for cringe worthiness and caused all but the most severe of Senator Obama critics to squirm at the deconstruction of this aspect of this young man’s spiritual life.

Whether Senator Obama played a role in his own victimization can be determined only by the eye of the beholder. Only a personality of Clintonesque proportions would willingly put their personal life through this political wood chipper.

And speaking of Clintonesque proportions, it was a scene even too bizarre for another episode of “Democolypse Now,” the continuing saga of the deconstruction of America by the 2008 presidential campaign, featuring Bart Simpson on a bad acid trip, that evolved as the June issue of Vanity Fair burst upon the stage in the last week of May.

If you have not had a chance to read the hit piece on former President Bill Clinton, “The Comeback Id – Bubba Trouble,” by Todd S. Purdum, you are missing a compelling walk on the wild side that reminds one of the fascination people on the highway have for a bus accident with multiple injuries.

Someone much brighter than I once said that “Politics is high school drama taken to a new level.” This is more like a “B” movie about middle school.

It is cringe worthy, disconcerting, tawdry, salacious, and may have reset the bar for personal attacks on national figures.

To be certain, objectively speaking, there is quite a strong argument that President Clinton – aided and abetted by liberal Democrats and the liberal mainstream media that chose to persistently overlook his pathological misogynist behavior – played a significant role in his own “victimization.”

Not to be overlooked is the fact that Mr. Purdum is married to former Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers. What role that may have played in the writing of this expose is in the eye of an individual presidential observer.

Whether you are a sycophant Bill Clinton supporter or a deranged Bill Clinton hater – the piece is a must-read for presidential observers.

Please clear the room of younger children and the innocent before opening your copy. Having a can of Lysol available may also prove prudent.

The “Mayhem of May” was disconcerting for anyone who is troubled about the moral moorings and social sensibilities of our great Republic. No matter on what side of the aisle you reside, we can only pray that the politicians and the media come to their senses sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, the public at large must begin to collectively demand a return to civility. After all, the country we save may very well be our own.


Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster: E-mail him at:


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