Like the RCA mascot that he is Mike Pence frosted the room in Ireland yesterday, heeding his master’s voice and delivering a strong endorsement of Borass Johnson and Brexit to the Irish PM and his other guests.
Ireland is in a delicate position, trying to navigate the choppy waters between its E.U. partners and its former overlords, some of whom are hell-bent on mucking things up.
Irish Times columnist Miriam Lord appropriately took the bumbling diplomat to task…
”The hospitable hosts buttered up their important guest and made a big fuss of his family and hoped he would say nice things about them to the important people he would meet after his visit to Ireland.
And he told them they were wonderful and that he loved them. He even said a special prayer for everyone and then, just before he left, he turned around and kicked them where it hurts.
Like pulling out all the stops for a much-anticipated visitor to your home and thinking it has been a great success until somebody discovers he shat on the new carpet in the spare room, the one you bought specially for him…
…He could, maybe, stick in a supportive word for us in his talks with Boris Johnson in London – his next port of call.
Pence, after all, is Irish American and wastes no opportunity to go misty-eyed about his love for the “Old Country” as he lards on his Mother Machree schtick on both sides of the Atlantic. He couldn’t praise Ireland enough on Tuesday – “deeply humbled” and “honoured” to be going to the hometown of his mother’s grandmother and so on.
But, after he said all these nice things about the “Emerald Isle” and how much his boss Donald Trump – he sent his best wishes, by the way – appreciates us and all we do to help American security in Shannon, he delivered a very strong endorsement of Boris Johnson and Brexit.
Her piece is a long read, hence the generous quote.
Miriam dishes on the dynamic between the PM and his partner and the stick up their bums Americans, but her descriptive account of Pence’s speechifying was what I really wanted to share.
The idiot could have been more discreet, at least in his public remarks.
Slap him again tomorrow, Miriam!