Word of the Day……C-A-B-A-L

On Sunday, former vice-president Dick Cheney appeared on CNN and said that President Obama’s policies make the country less safe.  Maybe so, maybe not.  He’s entitled to his opinion, and while he may be right, I for one very much hope he’s wrong.

That might have been the attitude Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, would have been better off adopting.  Instead, he had this to say.

Yes, he used the word “cabal” when referring to the Republican Party. 

“Well, I guess Rush Limbaugh was busy, so they trotted out the next most popular member of the Republican cabal,” he said.

I admit openly and without shame that I did not know the meaning of the word.  So I looked it up. (See, I’m smarter than I seem sometimes.)  Interestingly enough, what I thought was simple sarcasm was actually a slam dunk accusation against the Republican Party.  Also interesting, I found myself shocked that Mr. Gibbs knew the meaning of the word.  He must be taking remedial English courses.  He just doesn’t strike me as the sharpest knife in the drawer.

ca-bal

–noun
1. a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.
 
From Roget’s Thesaurus:
 
Main Entry: plot
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: A secret plan to achieve an evil or illegal end.
Synonyms: collusion, connivance, conspiracy, intrigue, machination, scheme
 
 
So, what can we learn from Mr. Gibbs flippant and classless remark?  That the pot does indeed call the kettle black, for one thing.  For another, if the Republican Party had any pride at all, it would file a suit for libel against one Mr. Robert Gibbs.  Maybe then he would think twice before he opens his juvenile mouth in front of the world again. 

The Republican Party may not walk on water, but Mr. Gibbs’ party ain’t no prize, either.  No one is plotting evil against the government.  In fact, it would seem to me that the government is the one doing the evil plotting against the taxpayers.
 
Yes, indeed, the inmates are running the assylum.