Rachel joins Matthews and David: Last Friday, Paul Krugman said Obama should be willing to go down the fiscal cliff before accepting a bad “grand bargain.” To read his column, click this.
That night, he was mocked by Chris Matthews and David Corn, right there on The One Liberal Channel! See THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/10/12.
Corn is billed as Our Man from Mother Jones. Even he wouldn’t speak up for Krugman, who’s just a columnist.
Last night, Rachel effectively joined them. No, she didn’t criticize Krugman; she pretended he doesn’t exist.
In a twenty-minute opening segment, she dreamed about the wonderful things Obama might do in his second term. She didn’t say a word—not one—about the near-term possibilities Krugman is warning about.
It’s called manufactured consent. To see a seven-figure cable star perform it, just watch this slickly performed cable segment. Eventually, you’ll see Rachel kissing Amy Klobuchar’s ass as comments like these are exchanged:
KLOBUCHAR (11/12/12): The people got engaged in this election. First of all, the message was balanced in bringing the debt down. There’s no doubt about it. When you look at some of those races, Heidi Heitkamp winning in North Dakota, the Indiana race, they rejected a lot of rigid ideology. They said, “Let’s get problem solvers in there that are going to get something done and bring this down in a balanced way.”"Wow," this corporate-owned hustler said, as Klobuchar kept glossing the question of how we should “bring that debt down.”
And I couldn’t agree with you more on what we’re hearing on the Republican side. Conservative commentator Bill Kristol just saying this weekend that we should look at, it’s not going to kill the country to look at raising some of the taxes on millionaires and that, in fact, we could look at—he suggested that the Republican Party should take President Obama up on his offer.
You have Speaker Boehner saying, “Let’s look at compromise. We have to do that.” So this is the time to bring that debt down. And we seriously have to do it. I don’t think anyone disputes that, but it has to be a mix of those spending cuts and the revenue.
And the one figure that I’d like to add here is how much revenue we get by just going back to the Clinton levels at $250,000 and above. That’s $700 billion in 10 years.
What is Klobuchar willing to do to accomplish that goal? Like a well-trained corporate child, Maddow never asked! She did agree to feign amazement about that $700 billion over ten years—in context, a rather small amount.
But what else is Klobuchar willing to do in the next seven weeks? Krugman is warning his readers about that question. But Rachel forgot to ask!
Go ahead—watch that tape! You will be watching seventeen minutes from one of the press corps’ biggest hustlers. You’ll see Rachel dream all sorts of dreams, even about some liberal goals the liberal groups in question are no longer seeking.
But you won’t see her ask the short-term question: What kind of deal are you willing to strike with John Boehner to avoid going over the cliff?
(Klobuchar may even have a good answer. With Maddow, Dems don't need one.)
Later in the program, Rachel had shiny objects to share with the gang. Every good liberal slept soundly last night, drunk on this manifest faker’s warm milk and her soft comfort food.
What your lizard brain is saying: Your lizard brain is telling you that this simply has to be wrong.
Meanwhile, Paul Krugman, report to the bus! Chris and David openly mocked you. With Maddow, you simply aren't there.