By Maureen Callahan For DailyMail.Com
13:19 15 Mar 2023, updated 13:21 15 Mar 2023
Can’t anyone take a joke anymore? Not if you’re a Democrat.
The supposed bigot of the hour is none other than Washington DC Boy Scout Mike Pence.
He’s under fire for this quip about Pete Buttigieg’s possible presidential run: ‘When Pete’s two children were born, he took two months maternity leave, whereupon thousands of travelers were stranded in airports, the air traffic system shut down, airplanes nearly collided in midair. I mean, Pete Buttigieg is the only person in human history to have a child and all the rest of us get postpartum depression.’
Funny. True. But Mr. Vice President — you forgot to mention the nation’s crippling supply chain crisis.
If there’s one major misstep here, it’s using ‘maternity’ instead of ‘paternity’ leave. But you could easily chalk that up to a generational divide (Pence is 63 to Buttigieg’s 41).
Could it be that Pence misspoke? Nope. It’s immediately DEFCON 1 over at the White House. Full nuclear outrage.
‘The former vice president’s homophobic joke about Secretary Buttigieg was offensive and inappropriate,’ said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, ‘all the more so because he treated women suffering from postpartum depression as a punchline.’
Please. Stop it.
No one thinks Mike Pence is making fun of postpartum women.
And he delivered these remarks at a roast, no less!
The Vice President was speaking at the Gridiron Club dinner, one the oldest and most prestigious gatherings of U.S. journalists. Roasts, by definition, are meant to shock. People are supposed to speak the unspeakable. That joke was fairly gentle.
And by the way — just because a joke is clumsy doesn’t mean there isn’t truth to it.
What’s truly offensive is an administration that props up this do-nothing.
As Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg is an unmitigated disaster. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana has zero qualifications and acts as though this job is beneath him, boring, a mere placeholder till he can run again for president — another job far above his skill set.
Buttigieg’s delayed response to the toxic Ohio train derailment — setting his designer-boot-clad feet on the ground nearly three weeks after residents complained of pungent fumes, contaminated water and air, dead animals and sudden health issues — would have been the death knell for anyone else with his track record.
As would his defensive response to showing up the day after former President Trump. To CNN: ‘It’s really rich to see some of these folks . . . who wouldn’t know their way around a T.J. Maxx if their life depended on it, to be presenting themselves as if they genuinely care about the forgotten middle of the country.’
Talk about a joke. Do we really think Mayor Pete shops discount?
This is a Transportation Secretary who flies private. Who tells Americans squeezed at the gas pump to just buy electric cars. A Harvard educated former McKinsey consultant who raked in an estimated $800,000 to $1.2 million over the past two years in book and podcast deals. Whose husband griped that they ‘couldn’t afford the one-bedroom-plus-den’ D.C. apartment they wanted.
Speaking of Pete’s husband Chasten, he tweeted a picture of Pete sitting by their child’s crib in the hospital, writing: ‘An honest question for you, @Mike_Pence, after your attempted joke this weekend. If your grandchild was born prematurely and placed on a ventilator at two months old — their tiny fingers wrapped around yours as the monitors beep in the background — where would you be?’
Oh, the melodrama. No one’s saying Pete shouldn’t have been with their baby. They’re saying if you can’t do the job, collecting a six-figure salary paid by us taxpayers, get out. But rather than address a lazy, loafing, unqualified transportation secretary — a liability — who would sooner address ‘racist’ highways than post-pandemic shipping and airline and supply-chain disasters (baby formula shortage, anyone?), the White House throws a fit.
The Dems, increasingly humorless, pious and on eternal watch for micro-aggressions, can’t resist an opportunity to accuse conservatives of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia . . . on and on it goes.
Lest we forget Biden on then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008: ‘I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.’
That comment? Bygones.
But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Pence ‘should apologize to women and LGBTQ people, who are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.’ Talk about an overreaction. It’s especially rich coming from one of the worst White House press secretaries in recent memory.
Jean-Pierre’s complete ineptitude brings to mind another unqualified hire: Kamala Harris.
Don’t take my word for it — here’s Biden on the campaign trail: ‘If I’m elected President . . . I commit that I will in fact pick a woman to be Vice President.’ Then the Democratic party made sure he picked the correct female. ‘He better pick a black woman,’ said the chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus, Virgie Rollins, in 2020.
Top Democrats have been agonizing over Kamala’s poor performance from the beginning. She is uninformed, unprepared, unaccomplished, runs a chaotic office with high staff turnover, and has a propensity to laugh at the most inappropriate times. Her poll numbers are in the toilet, with 49.5 percent of voters down on her record, according to Five Thirty Eight. CNN reports that Hollywood is agitating for someone else on the ticket.
Even Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is hesitant to get behind Kamala running again for vice president on the 2024 ticket.
And Liz got in big trouble with the ladies on The View for that, because — you guessed it — she’s apparently empowering racists. Elizabeth Warren, whose leftist credentials are otherwise impeccable.
Ana Navarro: ‘Stop playing into the hands of these who cannot stand that she is the first woman, woman of color vice president, and don’t want her to succeed.’
Alyssa Farah Griffin disagreed. ‘I think there’s some concern about just the lack of policy accomplishments that she’s made as vice president.’
In came the insufferable, self-righteous Sunny Hostin, speaking in that overly-calm, sing-song-y cadence that barely disguises her contempt: ‘I’m surprised that there’s concern,’ she said. ‘I think it has a lot to do with, she’s a black woman.’
Oh lord, give it a rest!
Not everything is racist. Some jokes are just jokes.
And some people are just terrible at their jobs.