Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
You know it’s bound to happen. – Hey, anyone know when Netflix will have the first 3 seasons of John McCain’s Funeral uploaded for binge watching? Asking for a friend…
Your fake news media in action! – The New York Times last week: Ran a piece contending that the Deep State is just an alt-right “conspiracy theory.”
The New York Times this week: Ran an anonymous op/ed, supposedly written by a “senior administration official,” who says that he is part of a cabal of government employees embedded in the executive branch working to undermine the Trump presidency.
ummmmm…yeah, that’s the definition of the term “Deep State,” guys and gals.
So, let’s do some Q&A related to this:
Q: Has the NYTimes ever pulled a stunt like this in an effort to undermine any other president?
A: No. Well, not in modern times, anyway. Who knows what they might have done the last time our country went through a round of yellow journalism like the one we’re currently experiencing, back around the turn of the 19th century?
Q: Would the NYTimes have run such a piece from a Deep State official embedded in the Obama Administration?
A: You’re kidding, right? Seriously, this is a joke? No? Look, if anyone doing this to Obama had identified himself to the editorial board of the NYTimes, the Times would have publicly outed him immediately and referred his case to the U.S. Attorneys at the Southern District of New York.
Q: How “Senior” is this official?
A: Good question. There are more than 5,000 political appointees in the executive branch of government, and many times more than that SES (Senior Executive Service) level career bureaucrats at the GS-13 level or above. Given how loosey-goosey the fakenewsers at the Times play with words these days (I laughed out loud when someone on Twitter tried to claim they followed “rules” on such things last night), it could be any one of these tens of thousands of people. The chances that this is someone truly “senior”, i.e., a cabinet-level official or a direct report, are extremely low. It’s far more likely that this person some associate assistant deputy to the associate deputy assistant to the director of some obscure bureau.
Bottom line: This person could be anybody, or, given that the piece was obviously written by a professional writer, it could also be something the Times made up out of whole cloth. It might well have been written by the Times’ resident Clinton hack Maggie Haberman or any number of other ethics-devoid fakenewsers employed by the fake newspaper.
Or hey, it might be the work of Bob Woodward, who is extremely gifted at spinning yarns. We can eliminate ex-FBI Director James Comey, because the piece doesn’t read like something penned by a teenage drama queen, and Hillary Clinton, since it is not filled with myriad excuses about why she lost the 2016 election.
Other than that, it could be almost anyone. At the end of the day, who cares? This is just the 1,001st effort by the fake news media to dummy up something that is “the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.” A week from today, no one will remember it happened.
Meanwhile, up under the Big Top on Capitol Hill… – So damn much happened yesterday at various hearings on the Hill that it’s hard to know where to start:
- The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, testifed before a House committee, and did his best imitation of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, answering pretty much no questions honestly, and repeatedly using dodges like “we must do better,” “it was a glitch in our algorithm,” and the always handy “I’ll look into that and get back to you. Note to Congress: He isn’t going to get back to you.
- Facebook’s President Sheryl Sandberg also testified at the same hearing, and employed the same tactics. In direct contrast to Zuckerberg, who looked spookily like a poorly-programmed robot at his own hearing, Ms. Sandberg at least projected the appearance of being a real human being. Progress.
- When a right-wing reporter named Laura Loomer tried to disrupt the hearing, shouting complaints about being shadow-banned and suspended on Twitter, Missouri Republican Billy Long, a professional auctioneer by trade, drowned her out by shouting rapid-fire auctioneer stuff into his microphone as she was being escorted out of the room by security.
- Someone needs to let Rep. Long into the Senate Judiciary Committee room and give him a mic. The pre-planned constant disruptions by paid “protesters” continued during the second day of hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Some of the disruptions came from the same people who had been “arrested” for doing the same thing on Tuesday.
- By late morning, even some of the Democrats on the committee, realizing that it wasn’t doing them any good, appeared to be getting tired of the nonsense. Their tiredness showed in their questioning of the nominee, which was painfully scripted, rote and straight out the highly-predictable Democrat playbook.
- While the dreary proceedings were taking place inside the hearing room, outside the room lurked radio talk show host Alex Jones, who was also very predictably pulling all sorts of crazy stuff. At one point, Jones confronted Senator Marco Rubio, calling him a “snake” and a “frat-boy” and accusing him – incorrectly – of wanting to “beat me up.” Rubio responded by telling Jones “I don’t know who you are,” which, whether true or not, Jones obviously took as an insult. Then, in Rubio’s next breath, he said “I don’t really go on your website,” indicating he does know who Jones is after all. So confusing.
Incidentally, in case you’re wondering what happens to these protesters when they’re “arrested,” here you go: They are taken to a nearby police station, booked, assessed a fine of $50, and released. That’s it.
At the end of the day, what it all added up to was the Democrats getting exactly what they wanted: Capitol Hill was your basic three-ring circus. Expect more of the same today.
Just another day in three-ring circus America.
That is all.
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