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Are things getting weirder? Brexit was only a mild shock: polls are often wrong, at least when conservative ideas prevail. Trump’s victory was a bigger surprise but again, polls, the echo chamber of the punditocracy, etc. But then there was the Super Bowl. And the Academy Awards. (Note to Meryl Streep: at least the Super Bowl stuck the landing.)
You don’t have to be a football fan to see that the 2017 Super Bowl was great entertainment. It was no She Devil, but still … Lady Gaga’s halftime performance was fantastic, although I didn’t appreciate her divisive “one-nation-under-God” rhetoric.
Taken individually, each of these events is remarkable. Collectively, it’s as if John Wayne removed a thorn from God’s paw or something.
Things are getting weird. Would it surprise anyone at this point if Rod Serling were to narrate the American Experiment from here on out? Serling won nine Emmys. But so self-congratulatory is today’s Hollywood that I wouldn’t be surprised if the 2017 Oscars won for Outstanding Comedy. If you can watch this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture without laughing, well, then you have no heart.
In related news, Hillary Clinton continues to exist and feels “vindicated” by Trump’s first month in office. Imagine, then, how vindicated Trump must feel by the Clinton Global Initiative’s last month of existence.
Trump, meanwhile, continues to waste no time showing energy in the executive. His Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — confirmed by Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking Senate vote, is already schooling Democrats on addition. If only Trump’s EPA could harness the renewable energy of the Democrats’ outrage.
As for those who must feel that rug has been swept from beneath their feet — Jeremy Corbyn, Barack Obama, Falcons fans and the producers of La La Land, I leave you with the immortal words of Steve Harvey after announcing the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe competition: “Still a great night, though.”