A reader in the West Country has trumped me in the Bitters department. He sent this picture of two specimens that have eluded my collection. This reminds me that he alerted me to a lovely conspiracy theory that was doing the rounds among the in-crowd in the United States late last year.
Before we get onto that it is worth reading the back label on his bottle of the Hudson Standard Bitters.
The conspiracy theory seems to have originated with Jeb Bush and has been widely written about in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, CBS, etc. My West Country reader came up with a fresh angle which amused me. Let’s approach obliquely.
At first sight the similarity between Roberta (Bobbie) Wickham and President Trump may seem elusive. However, a study of their psychology provides the answer. She may not be a blonde but as a fiery and impetuous redhead (“a carrot-topped Jezebel”) their characters are similar. When she needed to endear Reginald (Kipper) Herring to her mother she softened her up by putting her engagement to Bertie in The Times. Lady Wickham was gratifyingly appalled, referring to Bertie as a gaby, a guffin and a nincompoop.
Trump, last year, was faced with the problem that his friends the Clintons are so detested that almost any Republican candidate would have had a good chance of defeating Hillary. So, to soften up the American electorate he decided that there would have to be an even more unpopular candidate to stand against her – namely himself. His campaign was so outlandish that Hillary would have to win the Presidency and bestow some political favours on her Blonde Knight.
Bobbie’s stratagem (in Jeeves in the Offing) was a pippin but her alter-ego’s schemes, as some poet once said, gang aft agley. Hardly surprising as Trump does not have Jeeves’s assistance. If he had he would never have got himself into this mess although he would have had to pay a price – relinquishing his red baseball cap.