Unappetizing Irony — Layoff Edition
The phrase “delicious irony”, while not a cliché, is overused in this medium. So I won’t use it … again. I will, however, riff off it: What follows is a rather unappetizing piece of irony.
As I sat here earlier today in my quiet corner of the office minding my own business “to a fare-thee-well” as the late hockey announcer Gene Hart was fond of saying, word reached me that 28 of my colleagues were laid off today — on top of the 20 laid off last fall. One of those laid off today has worked here for 12 years and lives in my neighborhood. His work will be outsourced to India. We’re not friends, but our politics are similar, and we have chatted about that subject from time to time. Nice guy. I didn’t have much occasion to work directly with him, but from all accounts he was a dedicated employee. I feel bad for him.
Here’s the ironic part: The last time we talked he told me how he went to the Hillary Clinton campaign event in West Chester, PA, April 19, and by luck got a chance to talk to the candidate for a half-minute or so.
He asked Clinton what she intends to do about …
… the outsourcing of US jobs overseas.
See … I told you it was unappetizing.
While I’m on the subject of Hillary Clinton, there is a story linked on one of the more infamous “fringe media” sites that claims Barack Obama has a homosexual relationship with none other than Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The source is a Pastor James David Manning. There is audio and video, neither of which I have consumed as yet.
If this story gains any traction in the mainstream media, Obama’s candidacy could be in big trouble. I don’t see it happening. But, on the other hand, I said as recently as April 18 that on the Democratic side, Clinton is the establishment candidate. The implication was I would not be surprised if Clinton were to somehow become the nominee. After the Indiana and North Carolina results came in, I started to dismiss her chances. Really, though, all it would take to put her back in the game is for the mainstream media to plant the question of Obama’s sexual preference into the minds of Joe Sixpack — and the superdelegates.
As if there wasn’t already enough to worry about …