In the superb film Inherit the Wind (which, inexcusably, is missing from the AFI's "100 Best"), E.K. Hornbeck (i.e., H.L. Mencken) said of Matthew Harrison Brady (i.e., William Jennings Bryan), "He's the only man I know who can strut sitting down." But Mr. Hornbeck could say that only because he had never encountered that appalling congregation of seated strutting, the Trump administration.
Consider, for instance, these recently blathered words from Vice President Mike Pence: "We're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience. But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea."
On the one hand, Pence was strutting along with Brady; no more patience among those manly men of this truest-believing White House, no sir. On the other hand, Pence was exhibiting the immobile weakness (as the Trumpists would call it) of every preceding, North Korea-troubled administration; "bring[ing] diplomatic and economic pressure to bear" is the very definition of "strategic patience."
In a mere two sentences, Pence had strutted no farther than a thumpingly seated contradiction.
Which, in the case of North Korea and questions of war, is fine with me. For should Trump ever bring, say, his casino-management skills to his job as commander in chief? Well, as SNL's Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer as the Easter Bunny knowingly suggested, "Eat as much candy as you want, because this [would probably be] our last Easter on earth."