FRIDAY 'ROUND-THE-HORN: 12/9/22.
The man's just got no end of tunes.
• I’m getting a little bit more into the holiday spirit and have dished out two (2) heaping Roy Edroso Breaks It Down freebies for the multitudes. First one is inspired by (as mentioned on Wednesday) the challenge to Kevin McCarthy’s claim to the House Speaker’s gavel by someone slightly crazier than he. You might quibble with the "slightly": Biggs is an election denier the Arizona House Speaker says asked him to decertify Arizona’s presidential electors in pursuit of an Electoral College coup. On the other hand, McCarthy wants to lead Biggs and his fellow idiots, so maybe he’s got a screw loose as well; the new majority promises to devote most of their efforts to grandstanding prosecutions and internecine battles, leaving McCarthy to stand around saying "what's all this then" and check his phone for messages from his literary agent. Well, with Denny Hastert in the record books McCarthy doesn’t have to worry about being the worst Speaker in modern history, and who knows – maybe his toadying will pay big dividends if the next coup works out.
• Freebie #2 imagines Bari Weiss’ employee communications at Twitter. Weiss is a well-established buffoon, in real life as well as in my bagatelles, but her stint as house scribe for Elmo Mush beats all. I must say, this is very different from when, in my younger days, I did newsletters for corporations; the purpose then was to drum up stories from and of relevance to the employees, and thus encourage cohesion and esprit de corps. Weiss’ gig is similar in that she has been hired by management and sent among the staff, but the purpose seems to be to humiliate and demoralize them and blacken the reputation of the company at the behest of its mad king. My, how times have changed! Well, perhaps senile dementia will come as a blessed relief.