I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a morning news show where the hosts, when confronted by the response of a politician, actually laugh out loud in said guest’s face, but that’s exactly what happened this morning when our Governor, Rick Snyder, appeared on MSNBC and attempted to sell the idea that the new right-to-work legislation which he had just signed into law was good for unions. The hosts, and the other guests, literally exploded in laughter. It has to be seen to be believed.
SNYDER: I’ve never said that unions are bad for business. And I don’t believe this is actually anti-union. If you look at it, I believe this is pro-worker, because the way I view it is, is workers now have freedom to choose…
[...gasps and laughter...]
WOLFFE: Hang on. Hang on a second. Are you serious? Are you serious?
Given Snyder’s role in all of this, I’m not inclined to feel sorry for the guy, but I can’t help but feel a twinge of pity when I see him on the national stage, though, desperately trying to peddle this insultingly ridiculous narrative about how he had to jam right-to-work legislation through during the lame duck session, because he cares about workers, and wants unions to be stronger. I just wish that someone in our local media had had the guts last week to laugh in his face, when he first floated the idea that he was motivated to do this because of deeply-held “pro-worker” sympathies, which, for some reason, had just recently come bubbling up to the surface. I don’t know that it would have derailed the attempt to pass right-to-work legislation, but I would have loved to have seen a serious-looking, well-regarded veteran reporter, during Snyder’s press conference last week, laugh so hard that he vomited. Maybe, just maybe, it could have been enough to nudge things back int he direction of reality a little bit.
Could it be that laugher is perhaps the tool we’ve been looking for? What would happen if we made it a point to laugh uproariously every time we heard a Republican open his or her mouth, clutching on to those around us, for fear of collapsing onto the floor, in hysterical fits of laughter, fighting for breath, with tears streaming down our faces? Maybe that would break though the noise, and get to the heart of things in a way that signing petitions and commenting on Facebook just can’t. Maybe, I’m thinking, we just need to draw attention to how hilariously insane this all is.