December 31, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

I’m over here reading Politico articles in bed. Happy New Year to me.

I did come across this gem, from an article about your talks with Chuck Schumer to avoid government shutdown:

“Asked whether there are any Senate Democrats with whom the vice president shares a close working relationship, a senior White House official deadpanned, “He has a good relationship with Jeff Flake,” the outgoing Republican Trump critic from Arizona.”

Oh, the hilarity.

D

December 29, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

Tonight, I got the rare chance to wander around a bookstore without a child in tow. It meant I got to actually look at the books, not just fend off requests to purchase a toy.

And I found myself in the young adult section, which I quickly realized is your worst nightmare. I think that basically every other cover was emblazoned with a pentagram, and even if there was no pentagram, it’s likely the book had some sort of strong take-no-shit female character fighting in a post-apocalyptic world, and we know how you feel about that.

I have to think — or at least hope — that if this is the steady reading diet of teenagers, we won’t ever have a Vice President Pence again. If we can get them to vote when they turn eighteen.

D

 

December 26, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

The day before Christmas, an eight-year-old Guatemalan boy died at a U.S. detention center.

This is not a hot take, I’m sure. But how are these optics not more problematic for you – a brown refugee boy dying because no one would give him refuge and instead locked him up in a detention center? The night before Christmas? Is your head literally stuck in sand?

D

Jakelin: December 16, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

Her name was Jakelin Caal Maquin. She was seven, and she was fleeing an impoverished village in Guatemala. She in Border Patrol custody when she died.

Jakelin

When the head of CBP spoke to Congress last week, he said he didn’t bring it up because he didn’t want to “politicize” her death.

Now, of course, all bets are off and it’s politics everywhere, the general line being “Yeah, tough shit. Don’t bring your kids to this country.”

How very pro life!

D