In the Odyssey, Melantho is one of the household servants who sleeps with the suitors who take advantage of the hospitality of Odyseeus’s household while that wily ruler struggles to find a way home. When that great traveler returns in disguise, she mocks him.
Andrea Mitchell should consider herself fortunate that she will not suffer the same fate as that disloyal servant, hanged by the son of the noble king when he regains his own. Melantho strikes us as the embodiment of the type who supports whoever wields the power. She stands for nothing, but the prevailing ethos. (See e.g., Rod Steiger‘s Komarovsky in Doctor Zhivago.)
As does the NBC News commentator. Now that it’s chic to like the Gipper, Mitchell is faulting “Republicans in particular, obviously [for] trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan for their own political purposes now.” Peggy Noonan, who actually worked in the Reagan White House, defended her former boss’s fellow partisans for claiming him as one of their own while espousing his ideas and adapting them to present circumstances:
I got to–whoa, whoa, whoa. Republicans are not, I think, trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was a Republican. Conservatives aren’t trying to appropriate him. He was a conservative. Willie, he became a public figure in America two years before he was governor in 1964, and he laid out a speech as stern, if not sterner, in its conservatism in which he explained his views on taxes, “Cut them”; his views on the size of government, “Too big, too bullying”; his views on the Soviet Union, “Hold it back, it is expansionist.” This was all very clear. As a president, as a governor, he was pragmatic in his operation.
Nice to see Mitchell show some reverence for Ronald Reagan, but would she be so giddy for the Gipper if the media narrative about this great man were what it was in the 1980s?