Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
When desperate attention-seeking minor celebrities collide… – Those of you who remember when Ellen Barkin was an A-list actress are as old as I am, and that’s a fact. Now she’s a C-lister desperate for attention, which she, like so many of her C- and D-list colleagues, seeks on Twitter.
Yesterday, the C-lister decided that the best way to garner attention would be to go after bad comedian Louis CK, who is staging a comeback of sorts after he was revealed to be a serial sexual harasser by the whole #MeToo movement several months back. During a performance over the weekend, Mr. CK (or is it just Mr. K? It’s so confusing), himself a shameless and desperate attention seeker, decided that a great way to draw attention in his direction would be say a bunch of really tasteless things about the attention-seeking kids – like the hopelessly tedious and annoying David Hogg – who survived the Parkland shooting early in 2018, and became CNN-celebrities as a result. Here’s an outtake from that routine:
“These kids … What are you doing? You’re young, you should be crazy, you should be unhinged. Not in a suit saying ‘I’m here to …’ F*** you. You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way and now I gotta’ listen to you talking,” the comedian said to thunderous laughter.
Ms. Barkin, being just another leftist idiot who thinks anyone who disagrees with her deserves to die, responded very, very, very predictably to Mr. CK, tweeting the following:
Now, Louis CK has made a career out of saying exactly this kind of outrageous thing about all manner of people in our society. He has literally spent the last 30 years of his life insulting and demeaning people for a living, and made a very good living doing it. Until yesterday, no leftist nutjob in America ever uttered a peep about any of it in protest. But let him go after a bunch of kids who CNN turned into a protected class because they want to take your guns away, and he is suddenly personna non grata.
I am told that Ms. Barkin has a regular gig on some hyper-violent TV show right now, a show that features copious amounts of gun play. Why does that not surprise me? True to her character, Ms. Barkin’s Twitter rant went on throughout the day and became increasingly shrill and profane. You can read about it in the story linked above.
In any event, there are no heroes in this story, just a couple of shameless attention-seekers with very little socially-redeeming value going after one another in a very public and ugly circular firing squad. Anyone who supports their careers by paying to see Mr. CK’s comedy act or watching Ms. Barkin’s hyper-violent TV show gets what they deserve. Which obviously isn’t much.
Just like in 2012, Mitt Romney folds like a cheap suit. – Maybe it was the backlash of outrage emanating from the GOP base in the wake of his idiotic opinion piece in the Washington Post; perhaps it was President Trump’s refusal to take his bait; or maybe it was the Twitter tongue-lashing he received from his own niece who chairs the Republican National Committee:
POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive. https://t.co/ArhI7Bi7bo
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 2, 2019
Whatever the reason, Mitt Romney, the de facto RINO replacement for the blessedly retiring Jeff Flake, went on CNN yesterday with the execrable newsfaker Jake Tapper, and crawfished like a fry cook backing away from a flaming grill. Here are some outtakes from that interview:
When asked by Tapper if he plans to challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney responded:
“No. You may have heard I ran before. I’ve had that experience. And, by the way, I acknowledge the President was successful. And I was not. He did something I couldn’t do. He won. And I recognize that and appreciate that. But no, I’m not running again. And we’ll see whether someone else does in a Republican primary or not.”
Oh. Then there was this:
“I would vote for the border wall. I’ve made that part of my platform for many, many years. I think we should have a border wall on our southern border, and whether it’s a wall or fence or technology and perhaps in some cases the natural landscape prevents people from coming in but we’ve got to secure our border.”
You don’t say?
Romney couldn’t resist going after the President’s character – because of course he couldn’t – but he even filled that very mild attack with all manner of conciliatory qualifiers:
“I think it’s very important for a president to demonstrate the qualities of integrity and honesty forthrightness, empathy and respect for the institutions of our democratic republic,” Romney said. “I think those are all parts of the job.”
Romney agreed with the Trump administration “on a lot of policy fronts and salute the work that’s been done by the Republican leadership in Washington,” but admitted “there are places that relate to the — if you will, forming of national character — that I think we could do a better job.”
Romney next claimed that the President’s announcement that he would end the 7-year involvement of the U.S. in Syria’s ongoing civil war during the course of 2019 was the reason why he penned his disgraceful op/ed piece:
“And I think it’s important, as I begin this new job, to make it very clear where I stand. And I also note that the departure of Secretary (James) Mattis and the decision to pull out of Syria and the abrupt way it was done was a precipitating event for my finally going on this record.”
Yet, two days before Romney’s piece appeared in the WaPo, notorious warmonger Lindsey Graham had had a lunch discussion on that subject with President Trump and told the leering press that he felt “much better” about the President’s Syria strategy after having that face-to-face discussion with him. If Syria were really such a big concern to Romney, why wouldn’t he do as Graham did and request a one-on-one talk, which Mr. Trump would certainly have been happy to have?
The answer to that is obvious, isn’t it? Mitt’s WaPo grandstanding wasn’t about Syria at all – it was about drawing attention to himself and trying to position himself as a viable candidate for the presidency in 2020, should Trump decide not to seek a second term, or in 2024.
This really isn’t complicated, and Mitt Romney hasn’t changed a bit over the past seven years.
From our “This was Inevitable” files….
In the wake of Texas Longhorns’ mascot Bevo having a seeming altercation with Georgia Bulldogs’ mascot Uga prior to the Sugar Bowl game Tuesday night, the raving lunatics at PETA issed a press release yesterday demanding that both schools retire their live animal mascots. No, really, I swear I do not make this stuff up:
“After the Georgia Bulldogs’ mascot, Uga X, was nearly trampled by the Texas Longhorns’ steer, Bevo XV, in Tuesday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl, PETA is renewing its call for both schools to end their use of live-animal mascots. The frightening encounter, in which Bevo broke free of the metal barricades he was caged within and ran in Uga’s direction, aired live just before the game.”
In case you missed it, here is a clip of the incident:
Well, the Sugar Bowl just got a lot more interesting …pic.twitter.com/jFtBvIpdCx
— ESPN (@espn) January 2, 2019
Hook ’em, ‘Horns!!!
That is all.