You have to laugh. Sinn Féin DO have a sense of Entitlement and are not above lying thru their teeth for political advantage. Indeed Denial and Lies are part of Sinn Féin’s charm. It is their Unique Selling Point and one I happily bought into for several years (1993-2009).
I am largely immune to Sinn Féin. They cant bluff me in the way they can bluff a features writer for the New York Times. And I respect the fact that they dont even try to bluff me. It saves time with the whole canvassing thing.
So…Gerry Adams enjoys the trappings of…being Gerry Adams. As everyone ignores the Elephant in the Room, Gerry poses as a pretty regular guy…albeit an eccentric one.
So strolling up to the gates of the White House must have seemed a pretty ordinary day for Gerry Adams. To be denied admission was not part of the plan.
It was of course a screw-up. But Gerry conjuring up images of Rosa Parkes with his “Sinn Féin do not sit at the back of the bus” bombast is risible. Gerry Adams is no Rosa Parks. It is unlikely the mural painters at the International Wall in Divis Street,will use it as inspiration.
I do permit myself a wry smile. Not least because it is an indication that Sinn Féin’s run of good luck is running out. A wry smile is permissable …much more dignified than the smirks on Slugger O’Toole.
Certainly Adams closest allies will bluster about the injustice of it all. But I suspect Mary Lou McDonald, Matt Carthy and Pearse Doherty will see it as a sign that the Leader is losing his lustre. He is on his way out.