Sunday, December 2, 2018

Life Imitates Art

Do you remember the Washington Generals, the team of white basketball players who traveled with the Harlem Globetrotters? The Generals’ job was as the comedic foil for the Globetrotters, to whom they lost every pretend ‘game.’

In truth, it was no game but an exhibition of spectacular ball-handling and blacks-make-good-natured-fun-of-whites humor by the “‘trotters.” If you never saw the Globetrotters’ act in person or on TV, the following commentary won’t mean much.

The Daily Beast has a column which typifies a whole class of current commentary upon the death of our forty-first president, George H. W. Bush. The title tells you all you need to know:
George H. W. Bush Was a Better Kind of Republican
What is meant is that he was willing to play by gentleman’s rules while the Democrats played by a much less constricted set of guidelines and mostly won. He was the stuffy-but-genial nice guy who had the good grace to lose to Bill Clinton.

IOW, he played the Washington Generals’ role while the Democrats were the Globetrotters. Of course they liked him, he lost gracefully while they were boffing interns, buying votes and stealing elections.

Democrats’ idea of a worse kind of Republican is one who ad libs. Who does and says what’s necessary to win, throwing out the script which calls for the GOP to lose.

By the way, I don’t believe George H. W. Bush played to lose or was intentionally anyone’s patsy. I’m saying he was a decent man who played the game by an idealized set of rules while Democrats played dirty to win. They like him for his self-imposed limitations, which they do not share.

The left-leaning legacy media are saying the same nice things about the newly elected senator from Utah, Mitt Romney. He, too, knew how to lose gracefully playing the Washington Generals role, as the loyally ineffective opposition to Barack Obama.