Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Pretentious ALERT -- Lynn Jenkins

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pretentious ALERT -- Lynn Jenkins

As regular readers of this blog may be aware, I detest pretentiousness, like A LOT.

So, I was disappointed to see this story in the Lawrence Journal World about Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins: "Jenkins says Schlingensiepen should apologize to her for comment."

In person, Jenkins is about as unpretentious as they come. Maybe that's just a reaction to her stature -- she's teeny, tiny. But I don't think so. In person, she's genuine and down-to-earth.

There are two phrases on my list that automatically brand a person with the a scarlet 'P' for pretentious.

The first, I call the Algore, or dykwia. In layman's terms: Do you know who I am?

If you are ever tempted to utter these words, go home to your mom and ask her about that time you peed your pants in seventh grade in front of the entire class. Or about how you wet your bed until you were a sophomore. If you've said those words out loud, you need to be brought back down to earth --STAT.

You, politician or pretentious ass hat, that says such a thing are a nobody. You, no matter your position or title, are no better than anyone else on this earth.You were designed by the same Creator as every other creature on this planet with the same capabilities for sin and light. And you should keep that in mind.

The second cringeworthy phrase: I demand (expect) an apology. (I have a person's name that I mentally deem this phrase. She's a very politically active donor on this end of the state, and she is constantly demanding someone apologize to her or someone else. But because she's a private citizen, I'll spare you the name.)

Oh puhlease. Would you listen to yourself? Yes, there are times when someone should apologize, but you, person falsely offended, aren't the determiner. For an apology to mean anything, it must come from the heart of the offender.

Now that I've cleared that up, Jenkins wants Schlingensiepen to apologize for saying something about money in politics. What he said may have been below the belt -- I don't think it was -- but this is politics. It's time to man up and lodge an actual defense. Demanding an apology is both pretentious and playing the victim card not to mention decidedly unbecoming.

Final note for any Democrats who mosey over to this site -- the definition of pretentious, courtesy of The Free Dictionary:
pre·ten·tious  (pr-tnshs)
1. Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified.
2. Making or marked by an extravagant outward show; ostentatious. See Synonyms at showy.

1 comment:

  1. Not a little pretentious to pretend that only Republicans know what the word means?
    --David Burress