He looked like a garden gnome with an accent out of "Mayberry RFD," but when the subject veered to immigrants or demonstrators, Jeff Sessions would tighten up.
He wasn’t funny, then.
Then he was less of a Mayberry character than the town storekeeper who kept his Kleagle robe on a peg in the back room, more out of “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “In the Heat of the Night.”
He had a mission, seemed to me – to restore the good old days of the ‘50s – the 20th Century or maybe even the 19th.
Somehow he got in the way of Trump’s Ultimate Solution, and he had to go.
Then he got lucky. Compared to Trump, he became Fightin’ Jeff, the People’s Choice, remembering his lawyer past, respecting legal niceties like “recusal.”
The version I will miss most was created by the captivating Kate McKinnon on “Saturday Night Live,” who presented Sessions as a cuddly little elf who could fit in small spaces and flash a Howdy Doody smile to the world.
Lucky is the public figure mimicked by McKinnon, even with her glint of deviltry behind the entertainment as she portrays Sessions, Rudy Giuliani or the sewer-dwelling leer of Kellyanne Conway. She is a gem.
There are plenty of ghouls and monsters left to portray. I will still tailor Saturdays to be in front of the tube at 11:29 PM just in case Kate McKinnon is up first.
But I will miss the kewpie-doll grin of Jeff Sessions, so much better on Saturday night than any other time.
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I am not the only one. The Huffington Post reports on a great national angst:
11/8/2018 10:38:09 am
He was one of the first to cast his lot with Trump, and was steadfastly loyal(realizing far too late that in Trumplandia loyalty is a strictly a one-way street). He was a creature of the far right, but seemed to also have a strong sense of ethics and duty. I didn’t like him as AG, but he deserved far better than what he got from Trump. His chief mistake seems to have been thinking his job was to serve the law, the constitution and the country, when the only job that mattered was that of serving and protecting Trump, no matter the circumstances, no matter the conflicts.
11/8/2018 04:50:26 pm
11/9/2018 09:36:05 am
John and Hansen are correct in that Jeff Sessions was treated poorly.
11/10/2018 01:03:09 am
i'd have to agree that he handled all the trump excrement extremely well.
11/10/2018 11:57:31 am
Bruce: JFK called Washington "a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm." A good quip, but I don't agree. I found it truly representative of the whole country.
11/10/2018 12:09:02 pm
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.