100 Words on Picking Your Battles
Shawn MacDonald
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I don’t want to delete/change what I wrote above because I don’t want it to seem like I’m afraid of what I wrote, so I’m leaving it as written. One thing I want to make clear, though, is that I am in no way suggesting that Kellyanne Conway isn’t awful. She’s horrible. Unqualified. And if it weren’t for the fact that she helped engineer the campaign that won the White House, the closest she’d ever get to the White House is the public tour.

But I think this story is ridiculous. A couple of people commented (elsewhere and in e-mail) that if Michelle Obama or Valerie Jarrett did it, imagine the uproar from the right. And that right there, obscured by my writing, apparently, is sort of my point. I would not be okay with it if the right were all over a democrat who did the same thing. I was not okay with it anytime the right made an issue out of some small thing (Obama not saluting when entering Marine One, or half-ass salute while carrying things).

I don’t think these things become major offenses just because the other party is in the White House. There are actual issues to be talked about and the media is wasting our time with these non-stories and liberals are wringing their hands over how awful this administration is. It sucks, but we lost. The vulgarians hold the White House now.

I don’t think liberals are better than conservatives, but we complained about these petty games that some conservatives played for 8 years. To complain about something for 8 years, then at your first opportunity behave in the same exact manner is wholly unproductive. And it’s silly. And it’s bullshit because I don’t see how you can’t have it both ways unless you’re a hypocrite.

To summarize, I am not defending Kellyanne Conway, who I think it a horrible person and doesn’t belong in the White House. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to be a bully because that’s how conservatives treated the Obama administration, either.