This is brainwashing too: Could Candidate Trump actually get elected this fall?
We think he possibly could, largely because Candidate Clinton is so badly damaged. Given his apparent scorched-earth scandal strategy, his chances are helped by the passage shown below from The New Yorker's Amy Davidson.
The passage appears in the high-profile section, "The Talk of the Town," in the magazine's latest edition. Ironic headline included:
DAVIDSON (6/6/16): BILL PROBLEMS:Did Bill Clinton have an affair with Gennifer Flowers? As far as we know, there is no evidence supporting that claim.
As Donald Trump attacks both Clintons, it’s like 1992 all over again.
“There is still time for both Clintons to solve the Hillary Problem,” the conservative columnist William Safire wrote in the Times in March, 1992, when Bill Clinton, the Governor of Arkansas, was first running for the Democratic Presidential nomination. Safire was referring to the manner in which Hillary, an accomplished lawyer, presented herself as someone who would reinvent the role of First Lady. Not everyone saw this as a problem. Indeed, Hillary had already proved a solution, appearing with her husband on “60 Minutes” after Gennifer Flowers, a former television reporter, had regaled a tabloid with stories of her affair with Bill.“I’m not sitting here, some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette,” Clinton said, adding that she loved her husband and respected him, and “if that’s not enough for people, then heck, don’t vote for him.”
In that passage, Davidson says he did.
It's certainly true that Flowers "regaled a tabloid" (The Star) "with stories of her [alleged] affair." That said, the affair in question was alleged. And the stories, for which Flowers was paid $150,000, turned out to be embarrassingly false in certain embarrassing instances.
Were Gennifer Flowers' stories true? Did Bill Clinton have an affair? Davidson seems to be saying yes. Ironically, she goes on to say this in her second paragraph:
DAVIDSON: This time, Hillary is running for President, and Bill would be the mold-breaking First Spouse. As such, his record is back on the table, with all the triumphs (a booming economy) that are acknowledged even by his enemies and all the flaws (the personal misjudgments) that are too familiar even to his friends. Now it’s Hillary who has a Bill problem, both because the question of his possible future White House position is a fair one and because her presumptive opponent, Donald Trump, will certainly raise it in ways that are deeply unfair.Davidson complains that Trump will be unfair. One paragraph earlier, she turned suspect allegations into established facts.
Might we offer a bit of background? In the later Clinton years, the press corps staged a torrid love affair with a group of Clinton accusers. (This love affair began in earnest in early 1998.)
Persistently, journalists disappeared arrays of facts which cast doubt on these accusers' accusations. Flowers, a prime example, authored a decade of crazy claims—crazy claims the mainstream press corps lovingly disappeared.
(Some of Flowers' other claims were less crazy than ugly. They got disappeared too. Keep accusers' reputations alive!)
Apparently, Candidate Trump plans to revive this stupid, ugly culture. Davidson says this will be unfair. Meanwhile, she vouches for some of the widely bruited claims behind which Trump will be surfing.
At some point in the next few weeks, we'll revisit the love affair the press corps conducted with some of these Clinton accusers. Back then, the press corps [HEARTED] these accusers in an appalling, embarrassing way.
Davidson seems to [HEART] Flowers still. "It’s like 1992 all over again," her headline says, with no apparent sense of irony.
Brainwashing works on repetition. As with Raymond Shaw, so here:
This is brainwashing too.
Credit where due: Let's give credit where due! At least Davidson didn't call Flowers "a model and actress," as Charles Blow excitingly did in his recent New York Times piece.