There have been several news stories in the past forty-eight hours that have received a good deal of attention and about which I should perhaps comment. The first, which is really quite unimportant, is that Sean Spicer has resigned as Presidential spokesperson, apparently because he had been sidelined by the appointment of a scrimy character named Anthony Scaramucci as head of the White House press operation. One of the relaxing features of the present Administration is that it is possible, with no close study, to despise them all. We will miss Melissa McCarthy’s send-up of Spicer on Saturday Night Live, but beyond that, out of sight, out of mind.
The second story, rather less attended to, is that the Senate referee [who knew they had one?] has ruled a number of elements of the Senate health care bill ineligible for a process called Reconciliation that permits bills to pass with only 51 votes. Among the clauses not permitted is one stopping women from getting health care from any organization that supports abortion. Since without this clause, several extreme rightwingers will not vote for the bill, it is now effectively impossible for it to pass. To be sure, the chances of passage were already slender, but this kills the Republican health care effort dead in its tracks. This is very good news indeed, since any version of the Republican health care legislation would be devastating for millions of people.
Meanwhile, the reliably execrable Jeff Sessions is in deeper trouble than before, always a good thing.
Mind you, one must be an utterly incorrigible Tigger to take any comfort from this news at all, but I have only one life to live, and I insist on celebrating anything that offers even the slightest warmth to my cold heart.