tavernwaitstaff.jpgWaitress to reporter:

Ms. Esterday said she did not understand what all the commotion was about.

“You people are really nuts,” she told a reporter during a phone interview. “There’s kids dying in the war, the price of oil right now — there’s better things in this world to be thinking about than who served Hillary Clinton at Maid-Rite and who got a tip and who didn’t get a tip.”

Oh, look over there, it’s the flag pin flap writ in pancakes and coffee.  Whatever it takes in the next round of irrelevent gotcha so that we don’t ever have to discuss real problems and issues that real Americans face outside the fantasy world that is the Beltway. 

Taaa Daaaah!  Presto Change-o!

For heaven’s sake, can we just this once discuss something substantive, in depth and with real emphasis given to facts and honesty and its application to everyday lives of Americans instead of a bunch of manufactured hooey and salacious BS that relates to nothing except tabloid ratings and manufactured idiocy?  Please? 

Because we have a year to go in this election coverage, and it is way too early to be this cynically lacking in content.  There are a whole host of issues to be debated and discussed.  Then again, perhaps not.  Jeebus…

(H/T to Atrios.  Photo via Leslie Duss.)

[And to be completely clear on the issue of tipping:  tip and tip big.  Waitstaffs live on their tips, as do the busboys and bartenders who get a cut of the tipping action in most restaurants.  I've waited a bazillion tables in my lifetime, from high school forward, and I can tell you that no one survives long on $2.45 to $3 an hour for long without decent tips.  Start at 20 percent and move upwards.  And, for heaven's sake, I don't care which party the candidate represents, the political staff always -- ALWAYS -- needs to carry some cash for tips for the waitstaffers at whatever diner you are using as a location prop of the moment.  Use your common sense.  Doesn't negate the fact that the media is using this as yet another distraction-gotcha-come-lately, but for the love of pete, tip your waitstaff.]