Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jill Abramson and her comfort god

Jill Abramson, former editor of the New York Times, has penned a piece for The Guardian in which she relates her delicious dreams (hallucinations?) of a Democratic comeback. The article is full of unintentionally hilarious revelations, chief of which is that Ms. Abramson carries around a little Obama talisman:
It’s easy to look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C. and despair. That’s why I carry a little plastic Obama doll in my purse. I pull him out every now and then to remind myself that the United States had a progressive, African American president until very recently. Some people find this strange, but you have to take comfort where you can find it in Donald Trump’s America.
Equally funny is this nugget concerning Tim Kaine, buried in some observations about the pool of Democratic candidates for office:
Other credible potential candidates include New Jersey’s Cory Booker, an African American, Connecticut’s Chris Murphy, a passionate promoter of stiffer gun laws, and Virginia’s Tim Kaine, who was not stellar as Hillary Clinton’s running mate but recently brought donors in Boston to tears with a performance of This Land is Your Land, played on his harmonica [emphasis mine - Paco]. Bernie Sanders is almost certain to run again.
If only Sanders can learn to play the banjo, no doubt he and Kaine will make an invincible team.

Abramson was fired in May of 2014 from the Times amidst a flurry of stories that she was the victim of sexual discrimination. I wonder if, possibly, the truth is that she was even too loony for publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. (who's as flaky as a slab of mica, himself).


rinardman said...

Actually, tho I've never admitted it before, I had a simulacrum of Obama, too.

Inserting a few pins once in a while seemed to help me cope with the aggravation he caused me.

bruce said...

'not stellar as Hillary's running mate'. Riiight. Should have been stellar, all his fault. Also if he was too stellar and upstaged her he'd be bad too. Walk that tightrope, Clinton courtiers.

This Land is Their Land? Shades of Jack Benny with his violin methinks.

RebeccaH said...

What a role model for women is Jill Abramson: a liberal believer in feminism no doubt, who also needs a doll to comfort herself. At least she could turn to adult beverages like that famous feminist Hillary does.