I can admit that I kind of have a soft spot for Arianna Huffington. She reminds me of Eva Gabor in Green Acres, with that accent of hers making even the most daffy of her pronouncements somehow endearing and funny. I remember one time how she told Sean Hannity that flying private really was environmentally friendly, because those jets were going in her direction anyway. Now be a dahling and pass the caviar, please, before you start to bore me.
Anyway, I got a pretty good chuckle when I saw this on her Twitter feed:
Why does anyone pay attention to all those constitutional amendments — they were all added later.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) August 3, 2017
Why Arianna, how could you be so. . .so. . .so provincial? I know that you built part of your great fortune by making the writers on your website work for free, but this–this is a stretch even for you! What about free speech? What about women’s sufferage? What happens when you want to declare Donald Trump bonkers and remove him from office under the 25th Amendment? Would you really want to throw all of that out with yesterday’s foie gras?
Well, before everybody starts getting their Twitter panties in a bind, Arianna was just being cheeky. It’s her way of responding to Stephen Miller’s smackdown of Jim Acosta yesterday, during which the CNN reporter suggested that the Emma Lazarus poem “The New Colossus,” immortalized at the Statue of Liberty, was somehow the true basis of United States immigration law. Miller, who was talking up the president’s RAISE act initiative, promptly told Acosta he was full of it, pointing out that the lines “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” weren’t even written at the time of the statue’s completion, and were only added later.
Arianna apparently thought she could put one over on Miller by saying the same thing about the parts of the Constitution that got added after its original drafting. Philosophers refer to this kind of argument as reductio ad absurdum. Arianna probably just thought she was being clever. To those of us out here in TV land, however, it looks more like she may have been hitting the Perrier-Jouët a little early today.
That’s because, like, the Constitution is law and stuff. Granted, it’s not the same as a historical poem (although both contain language that is beautiful and profound), but it is the very foundation of our nation’s governance and the earthly guarantor of our God-given rights. So you can kinda see how there’s a little bit of difference here.
Not to worry, though, Arianna. We still love you! But do take care not to overdo the bubbly…