Conservative blogger Michele Malkin scolds the Left today for finding humor in the story of Claude Allen’s recent troubles with the law. “What’s so funny?” she earnestly wants to know.
Well, for anyone with a sense of humor that goes beyond “knock-knock” jokes, the humor, Michele, derives from something called irony.
-the embedded irony of an African American man who allowed himself to be trotted out as the spokesperson for the Bush administration whenever they needed a bit of color to explain how their “bootstrap” policies were really, really good for poor African Americans in this country
-or if they wanted a good photo-op like having him share Laura Bush’s box seat at the State of the Union address
-or if they needed a person of color to head their abstinence only sex education initiatives in the Department of Health and Human Services
-or to explain to other African Americans in New Orleans and other areas devasted, not only by Katrina, but by the Bush administration’s bungling attempts to respond to the disaster that George W. Bush really, really cares about each and every one of them
-the irony that this man, this outspoken proponent of so-called Christian values like denying marriage and benefit rights to gay people – Claude Allen, who reportedly admitted his guilt to law enforcement officials after his initial arrest – this man would seem to have a bit of a problem with truth, ethics and at least one of the Ten Commandments.
That’s damn funny.
What’s not so funny is how the whole “evil twin” spin on the story is besmirching the reputation of his brother, Floyd. Floyd, the supposedly “evil” twin apparently earned his bad name because he legally filed bankruptcy and was ordered to pay $6,500 in a civil lawsuit.
For conservatives, there really is nothing more “evil” than legally discharging your debts and leaving those poor credit card companies in the lurch. And the sad truth is, even if Claude is convicted of the felony charges he now faces, he’ll probably end up with a better credit rating than his brother, Floyd, and be rewarded with cheaper car insurance, lower house insurance, better lending rates on his next house, his next car, and be offered more lines of credit than Floyd can hope to see in a lifetime.
After all, Floyd’s a deadbeat. Claude, if proven guilty, will only be a thief. In the backwash of our current administration, that’s pretty much business as usual.
Laugh it up.