Regular Americans love to complain about how the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected their lives. The plebs throw temper tantrums when members of the political élite flaunt their privilege by throwing massive parties and ignoring the rules they put in place for everyone else.
Regular Americans, who as we all know are to blame for ruining democracy and botching the Afghanistan withdrawal, should try to take a deep breath and put their so-called suffering in perspective. They shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the political élite are also suffering, and élite suffering is, for obvious reasons, even more tragic than regular suffering.
Politico reports that members of the Washington, D.C., élite are the victims of a grave injustice perpetrated by one of their own. Former president Barack Obama's 60th birthday party in Martha's Vineyard earlier this month was a confirmed super-spreader event. The "Obama variant" has wreaked havoc on the island's only hospital system.
Thanks, Obama. His insatiable narcissism may have ruined the fall party scene in our nation's capital. Democratic power players, shocked at the (relatively) critical tone of the media coverage surrounding the Martha's Vineyard affair, are worried they might have to wait a few months before it's socially acceptable to hang out with celebrities again:
The bashing of the bash is having a chilling effect on the D.C. party scene as (especially Democratic) pols and their staffers scramble to figure out when and where — or even if — they can party again.
"Who wants to throw a party right now when Obama hired a doctor to make sure everyone's vaccinated and passes a Covid test and he still gets shamed for it?" said JOHN ARUNDEL, former associate publisher of Washington Life magazine and managing director of Perdicus Communications.
"I just think there's a stigma to throwing any kind of event," he added. "The optics of throwing the party or being at the party, it can be chilling."
The results have been almost as tragic as the chaos unfolding at the Kabul airport. Democratic lobbyist Heather Podesta, for example, was planning to host a lavish gala in September at the French ambassador's residence. She was forced to reschedule the event for November.
"What we could do six weeks ago, we can't do now," lamented Adrienne Elrod, a former Hillary Clinton adviser. "We have to be so cognizant because Republicans are looking for any reason to call us hypocrites or to call us liars."
All is not lost, however, as a number of swanky gatherings are still on track. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.) will be honored at the March on Washington Film Festival on Sept. 30; hundreds are expected to attend. The Halycon Awards, a fundraising gala for a prominent liberal nonprofit organization, is scheduled for the following day.
A number of Democrats are refusing to let Obama's bad vibes prevent them from raising money from left-wing billionaires. Kathy Hochul, who is (at least in theory) set to replace disgraced governor Andrew Cuomo (D., N.Y.), attended a series of high-dollar fundraisers in the Hamptons this weekend.
Journalists and lobbyists, meanwhile, are suffering an almost unfathomable hardship:
Some lobbyists are panicked about shrinking guest lists at fundraisers, especially with the infrastructure and reconciliation bills on the table. Fundraisers are prime opportunities to corner a member and press their interests.
Journalists might suffer too, with the Washington book party circuit in limbo. Lobbyist and D.C. hostess JULEANNA GLOVER was slated to have a book party at her Kalorama home in September for GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMON's new tome, but she's going to make the call the week before on whether to have the party based on the CDC's guidance.
Thoughts and prayers!