— Tom Gara (@tomgara) September 27, 2019
— Jeremy Binckes (@jbinckes) September 27, 2019
Urban Dictionary attributes the original usage to Rahm Emmanuel in 2009.
The article, by “founding editor of POLITICO” John F. Harris, absolutely lives down to its original title:
… It is too early to tell what will come of House Democrats’ decision to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but not too early to conclude that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has failed to revive the concept of solemnity in American politics.
That was the obvious intent Tuesday, when she stood in front of a bank of flags, invoking the Founding Fathers and Constitutional Convention of 1787, as she announced the impeachment inquiry.
But the reaction, underway even before she started speaking, made clear that for much of the country, it was just another day in what Rahm Emanuel, when he was Barack Obama’s chief of staff, called the metropolis of “Fucknutsville.” The news may be important, it may be swerving wildly in surprising ways, but never these days is it something that commands reverent attention.
People below a certain age may not have firsthand experience with news events that did indeed command that reaction — and impeachment proceedings against a president unambiguously would have been one of them…
He blames — you will no doubt be shocked! — what he calls ‘the Lewinsky Affair.’ The beclownification of which, of course, was very much a boon for the men who would later found Politico, but then irony is dead and therefore cannot sue for libel.
Because this remains the internet:
This inspired me, so I made a thing.https://t.co/wHv082EKEC
— Mike Kunkel (@M_Kunkel) September 27, 2019