The extent of our tribe's degradation: Way back when, we admired Nicolle Wallace's competence, back when she was pimping war and torture for Bush.
Today, she's one of our tribe's most admired stars! We have so few stars of our own!
We'll have to admit—despite past respect for her competence, we've come to despise the way she chuckles her way through her 4 PM program each day on MSNBC.
For Wallace, this whole Trump thing is loads of fun. It's an hour-long meeting of the club. If you can forgive a gendered remark, her daily show has the feel of a laugh-strewn kaffeeklatsch
This morning, Wallace filled in for Mika on Morning Joe; Willie Geist-Haskell was subbing for Joe. At one point, Nicolle said this:
GEIST-HASKELL (5/18/18): You've worked on campaigns, Nicolle Wallace. You've worked on a lot of campaigns.At least she never did that! To watch this exchange, click here.
WALLACE: I've worked on a lot of campaigns. I've peddled a lot of oppo, about a lot of people—Al Gore, John Kerry, President Obama, Joe Biden.
I have never, ever, ever been in receipt of anything from Russians...
She peddled a lot of oppo on Gore! Today, she's our pitiful tribe's new number-one favorite star.
As we watched this exchange with Haskell-Geist Junior, we thought about all that oppo from Campaign 2000. In fairness, the Bush campaign barely had to bother, so dedicated was the mainstream press corps to this destructive task, which constituted two years of payback aimed at the loathed Bill Clinton.
For some reason, we thought about Ceci Connolly's pitiful con concerning Gore's enlistment in the army. An account of the episode can be found in our incomparable archives, but it went down something like this:
One day, at some event, Gore mentioned the fact that he had enlisted after college. In her news report in the next day's Washington Post, Ceci implied that Gore enlisted only because he got a bad number in the draft lottery.
Unlike millions of other slimings by Connolly, this sliming never took off. But it was especially phony, even by Connolly's standards.
Why phony? Gore enlisted in August 1969. The draft lottery wasn't conducted until that December. People with his birthdate did get a low draft number, but he'd already been in the army four months.
At the time, we wondered if this could have been an honest mistake. Apparently not! In other news reports about Gore's remarks that day, it turned out that he had explicitly described this chronology, in spite of which Ceci struck.
The Post and the Times played these games from March 1999 right through the November 2000 election (and beyond). Career liberal players, so silly and so fearless today, all knew they should keep their traps shut.
Connolly kept it up for two years. The liberal world sat there and took it.
Given this disappeared history, Wallace didn't have to peddle that much oppo back then. But she peddled it anyway, after which she peddled the war. Today, she's our pitiful tribe's number-one favorite new star.
She "peddled a lot of oppo on Gore!" But she didn't get it from the Russkies. She got it from Ceci and Kit!
Why not catch her program today? She'll laugh and chuckle and rollick her way right through the whole rollicking hour! For overpaid stars of the cable news game, opposition to Trump is good work for good pay and it's good solid fun.
As stated by Steve Martin: “I used to smoke marijuana. But I’ll tell you something: I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening—or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early mid-afternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning. . . . But never at dusk.”
Also, he never got it from the Russians! Why not give credit where due?