Stop Telling Us to Drink a Margarita

Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a media briefing with reduced number of members of the press due to the Omicron variant at the White House in Washington, D.C., January 4, 2022. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

I like margaritas as much as the next person, but I’m ready for Jen Psaki to stop peddling them as the ultimate antidote to Democratic depression.

Earlier this month, after the failed effort by President Biden and Senate Democrats to ram through their voting-rights bill, Psaki offered this lament over the bill’s implosion: “My advice to everyone out there who’s frustrated, sad, angry, pissed off: Feel those emotions. Go to a kickboxing class. Have a margarita. Do whatever you need to do this weekend, and then wake up on Monday morning. We gotta keep fighting.”

Psaki reiterated this silly line on the Politics Girl podcast: “We can be down. Be down for a minute, you know what I mean? Have your margarita! Then, the next day, wake up and keep the fight going.”

Psaki has never been especially good at her job, but surely even she can come up with a better defense of the president’s agenda than speaking as though his entire constituency is composed of 30-something women who read Cosmopolitan cover to cover.

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