What comes to mind with the word playful? I think of small children perhaps playing outside. And I also think of dolphins — who I have quite a fondness for. There are few more playful in this world than shining, delightful, playful dolphins. I also think of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
Psaki is like no other press secretary I’ve seen. She is always on point, always prepared, with a warm and shining personality. Yet she is completely unafraid of the media and shows her playfulness from time to time. Psaki can be pretty mischievous when she shuts a particularly obnoxious media pundit down. And she does it all so cheerfully. Sometimes the gloomy pundit in question isn’t even aware the joke’s on them.
And Thursday afternoon, Psaki did it again — in the most maddeningly hilarious way. Psaki was talking to reporters when Judge Katanji Brown Jackson’s name came up. Psaki was asked this question: Was she at all worried that Josh Hawley who has “consistently voted against the President’s nominees,” was using “explosiveness” in his attacks against Jackson? Will these attacks “affect your ability to win over other Republican voters?”
I’m sorry, but — my gosh — what an idiotic question. I have no idea why it was even asked. Hawley is about as relevant as a sewer. Not many care what he says and his attacks were to be expected. Paski said as much but added a lovely little twist to her answer — bringing up a name from the past. That name is Roy Moore.
Remember him and the horse he rode in on? He was the Alabama candidate for Senate who multiple women accused of sexual assault or misconduct. Here is exactly what Psaki said: “I’m not sure that someone who refused to tell people whether or not he would vote for Roy Moore is an effective and credible messenger on this.”
Is Psaki a gem or what? Not only does she always have the best comeback lines, but she manages to make whoever asked the stupid question look like a fool in the process. Keep on going, Ms. Psaki. This is what makes you the best press secretary ever.