The Best Flea In The Circus
April 10, 2014 by Ben Crystal
I have never felt badly for White House press secretary Jay Carney before. Actually, I still donâ€™t feel badly for him; itâ€™s more that I donâ€™t envy him. I sympathize with the lead marionette in President Barack Obamaâ€™s sock puppet show; but I donâ€™t — I canâ€™t — empathize with him. After all, he took the job. And with that job comes certain inescapable duties. Serving as the press secretary for Obama requires the officeholder to face less fire than most, since the ideological kinship between the lapdog media and their man, Barry, borders on the incestuous. But even Obama can test the limits of their adoration. And when he does, it falls to poor Carney to grimace, adjust his ironic hipster glasses and try to soothe the mediaâ€™s delicate feelings.
Monday afternoon, Carney stood his post when Obama blundered into yet another snare of his own making. Obama proclaimed Tuesday would be â€śNational Equal Pay Day.â€ť Given the Democratsâ€™ tendency to wrap themselves in the righteous outrage of whichever self-identified victim class is currently in vogue, Obamaâ€™s announcement barely qualified as noteworthy. Democrats love co-opting other peopleâ€™s suffering — especially when the suffering opens the door to a talking point like the Democratsâ€™ oft-cited, yet entirely fictional, conservative â€śwar on women.â€ť
Unfortunately for Carney, someone noticed the elephantine hypocrisy wandering around the White House. It might have been ladiesâ€™ night in the Oval Office, but the rest of the Obama Administration clearly remained a manâ€™s world. And in a sign that the love affair between the media and Obama has hit one of its periodic rough patches, a correspondent from the normally affectionate press corps hoisted Carney on Obamaâ€™s gender-bias petard. During the Q&A, a reporter noted the discrepancy between Obamaâ€™s equal-pay platitudes and his own workplace policies, specifically citing the American Enterprise Instituteâ€™s discovery of the 88 cents on the dollar earned by White House women compared to their male counterparts — a fact weâ€™ve pointed out here at Personal Liberty on multiple occasions. And thatâ€™s when Carney found himself right smack in the middle of Godâ€™s little acre, east of the rock and west of the hard place.
I think that those studies look at, uh, the aggregate of everyone on staff. And that includes some of the most junior levels to the most senior. What I can tell you is that we have, as an institution here, have aggressively addressed this challenge. And obviously, though, at the end of the [inaudible] 88 cents that you cite, that is not 100, but it is better than the national average.
That was the moment I felt just a twinge of regret on his behalf. Because his boss is a duplicitous reprobate, Carney actually had to say that out loud — and with a straight face. Presented with Obamaâ€™s failure to live up to his own standards, Carney could do no better than a halfhearted excuse which translates to, â€śWeâ€™re probably better than average.â€ť
Before Carney picked up the lead fan in Obamaâ€™s stage show, he served as the top mouthpiece for Vice President Joe Biden. I expect even the endless damage control required of an Obama spokesman seems almost relaxing when compared to the shame of working for a gibbering buffoon like Biden. Carney certainly could have stayed at TIME magazine, where mouthing leftist tripe delivers a smaller paycheck and less infamy than his current posting, but carries with it less risk of public humiliation than working for a pathological liar like Obama. Unfortunately for our pal, Jay, he forgot one of politicsâ€™ — and lifeâ€™s — most important lessons: If you lie with Democrats, youâ€™re bound to be a flea.