Kickass, the doorstop dog, is cooperating with the keeper in trying to provide mental diversion from the absurdity of grown people conducting an impeachment trial that does not allow evidence. This diversion has to do with a NYT’s story in which an author claims that the word “cocktail” originates with English horse traders who placed ginger in an old horse’s rectum to give the angle of its tail a younger look, and apparently to get the animal off and running, hence the word “cocktail” as denoting a timely stimulant for humans.
The keeper’s grandfather—Thomas Jefferson (TJ) Stokes, was a horse trader, and family lore has it that he knew the tricks of making a horse look like something it wasn’t. It is the keeper’s feeling that Grandpa TJ would not have stooped to using the ginger trick, but you never know.
In the meantime, the keeper resists further horse-parts/Washington comment, and advises that the only way to withstand the onslaught of stupidity currently being produced in the Capital is to have a cocktail, maybe more than one.