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Dershowitz, Yang and Fershee.

 

It’s bleak. It’s cold. And we’re in the middle of impeachment proceedings. Everyone looks sad and forlorn. So who needs serious stuff? Let’s get to some fun, funny news that won’t make the slightest dent in your lives:

Is Dershowitz’s wife responsible for Trump’s “dream team”? Apparently, not everyone in the Dershowitz family was thrilled with his taking on President Donald Trump as a client in the impeachment proceedings.

Dershowitz told CNN that Trump personally called his wife, Carolyn Cohen, to sweet-talk her into the idea that the controversial Harvard law professor needed to make the Constitution argument in the impeachment trial.

“My wife thought that it would be better for me to remain independent and not present the argument in the Senate,” Dershowitz told CNN. “President Trump spoke to her and said how important it was for the country. And my wife is still quite ambivalent about my role, but she supports me.”

 

I’m sure Cohen is a supportive spouse (she’s been a stand-by-your-man presence in the onoing defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims, against Dershowitz), but I can’t imagine her doubts were assuaged by her chat with Trump. I mean, did Cohen, who’s a psychologist, really give her blessing? Or was Dersh going to do what he did, no matter what?

Ying/Yang/Whatever. Considering he’s been all over the news this past year, it shouldn’t be that hard to pick out Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. But somehow CNBC messed it up.

Reports Business Insider: “Geoff Yang, the partner who founded the Menlo Park, Calif. VC firm two decades ago, surprised many of his peers on Monday when his face appeared in a chart on TV news network CNBC alongside Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and the other candidates for the 2020 US presidential elections.”

But lest people think that folks at CNBC just can’t tell Asians apart, take comfort that the business news channel also seem incompetent with female presidential contenders. In one of its news stories, it replaced a photo Tulsi Gabbard with that of Kirsten Gillibrand.

Okay, so I won’t take any of this personally. But how come no one ever mistakes Joe Biden for Bernie Sanders? I mean, they’re two old white dudes who probably still listen to music on tape cassettes.

Once again, men get the credit. Ladies, we’ve got to stop gushing about this type of thing.

Joshua Fershee, the dean of Creighton University School of Law in Nebraska, is apparently getting attention and praise for sending this message when schools and day care centers were closed because of snow: “While I’m not a licensed provider, I’m generally good with kids and would be happy to watch some little ones, if it helps,” wrote Fershee, reports Law.com’s Karen Sloan.

After he wrote that, Meera Deo, the director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement and the author of a new book on women in legal academia, tweeted, “THIS is how you support families. THIS is inclusive leadership. THIS is how we transform legal education.”

Wow.

But even “Fershee didn’t think it was a particularly radical idea when he sent the message out,” reports Sloan. He also said, “I was a little surprised by the reaction, since it’s something I’ve done for a long time, but I guess it’s the first time I’ve done it as dean.”

Not to take credit away from Fershee’s gesture, but I think we are giving this way too much significance. He made a nice offer to babysit in an emergency situation, but isn’t this the type of thing women have always done for others in a pinch?

Once again, it seems if a guy just does a little bit of what women have always done, he’s praised as a savior. (By the way, only two kids showed up to take advantage of Fershee’s service.)

No wonder how some men are playing the daddy card to score points in the workplace—as if these little gestures make them special. (Remember how U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell proudly said, “When I’m not changing diapers, I’m changing Washington” ?)

Anyway, I think we should just ignore this stuff and act like it’s normal. Because it should be.