Good morning, Fair Neighbors, greetings and felicitations on a soft second day of the week.
We’re in a News Cycle, it seems, and we were at the helm last night when federal employees in jackets with big yellow letters on them visited a certain private residence in Palm Beach and rummaged around, searching for exactly what we’re not sure.
In the movies, these dramatic moments are accompanied by those dramatic, pulse-like Bwaahaa techno sound effects, the ones signifying import and impending travail – but a little research determined the action was nothing more than execution of a search warrant, albeit a big one.
By now the world knows which abode was searched and who was involved but, man, when this was happening the jungle drums started to rattle and the battle cry was raised, and we started to get the militant, vaguely threatening (and outright threatening) communications we’ve gotten in the past.
Just to be clear – we had nothing to do with this search warrant, so save the slings and arrows.
Beyond the expected initial reaction it soon became clear that much of the nation was interested in the development and that FOX News ratings were peaking as folks of a certain political persuasion checked in to see how folks of the opposing faction were taking the news. That generated a whole new comment stream as, apparently, the on-screen talent at Fox was not taking it well.
The upshot of all this appears to be that this latest development was expected and the resultant, blustery furor anticipated. How the country handles future moves remains to be seen but, hopefully, calm and reason will prevail. Because, paraphrasing Ben Bradlee in All The President’s Men, “nothing’s riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country…”