Just a ten letter word and what a hell storm was set off. Gotcha. Faster reaction than after Katrina hit. Who's calling the shots? Karl Rove still playing the chess board? You'd think Hillary called the congress, Brokeback Mountain. Chris Matthews sounded as though a hole in the universe had been created. Was this the making of another, "Yaweeee!" Is Hillary's career finished? Must have been a slow news day. Even Laura Bush spoke up. "Ridiculous!"
Forget that the P word was used to describe how a frequent visitor to her White House, who pleaded guilty to umpteenth counts of bribery, and wears a bad hat, managed to buy votes of Republican congressmen and senators, passing legislation promoted by her husband. "Double ridiculous."
Watching a replay - and it was replayed almost every ten minutes - men sitting behind Hillary didn't seem to even bat an eye. Not a single one of then appeared appalled or to be thinking, "That poor, poor, long suffering, Bill." But what was far more alarming than the P word, was her unblinking, self-assured, Little Orphan Annie, eye roll as it slowly scanned the audience across the room. Scary.
Actually, the plantation term wasn't quite on point. A little off to the left or to the right of accurate. The Congress was treated more like a giant shopping mall. Got money? What do you want to buy? Who do you pay? You get what you pay for and everybody is happy. Exit at express check out stand. Sure, democracy suffers, but like a suffering democracy, not everyone was happy on the Plantation. "Fiddlesticks."
When Bill Clinton was running for President back in 1992, Hillary set off another hail storm when she compared marriage to a form of slavery. Chocolate chip cookie recipes had to be exchanged in a competition between Hillary and Barbara Bush to prove Hillary was a kitchen diva. Hillary's cookie recipe won, and the slavery/marriage issue was soon gone with the wind. While plantation may still hold a unique connotation in the American vocabulary, there are more disturbing words in today's media that should raise more concern such as: surveillance, impeachment, war crimes, torture, outing, invasion, circumventing the constitution, but frankly, some just don't give a damn.
Eventually, the P word will go the way of the S word, Brokeback Mountain will be remade starring Bruce Willis and Clint Eastwood, directed by Diane Keaton, and Jack Abroamoff will get a brand-new hat, while the news media waits for their next, "Yaweeee."
After all, tomorrow is another day.