WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018
The question you've never seen asked: For Jim Acosta and April Ryan, the 2020 campaign began today. Today, during Donald J. Trump's press conference, they began working overtime to get Trump re-elected.
As we've told you again and again, the modern American upper-end press isn't an impressive group. Acosta and Ryan embarrassed themselves today—and set themselves about the task of winning votes for Trump.
(For videotape, click here.)
Needless to say, events like these raise basic questions about our self-exalting species, Homo sapiens. These questions are anthropological questions. They involve the nature of our severely limited intellectual tools.
"Seeing ourselves from afar," we've tended to think of ourselves as the soul-embued, consciousness-embued and even the "rational" species. (Seeing ourselves from afar, we've even described ourselves as the ones who were "made in God's image!") Concerning our claims to be "rational animals," have you ever seen the mainstream press corps in action?
Concerning the brilliance of our species, let's consider a basic question—a question you've never seen asked. Our rumination derives from a question asked today by CNN's Alisyn Camerota, one of the press corps' sensible / capable players.
On this morning's New Day, Camerota asked Kellyanne Conway if Donald J. Trump is concerned about an increase in oversight now that Democrats will be in control of the House. Kellyanne staged one of her standard heart attacks, though the question was perfectly obvious.
Now for the related question—the question you've never seen asked:
Question! Why are subpoena and investigatory powers restricted to the majority party in each congressional chamber? The party with 51 senators gets to stage investigations. The party with 49 senators can't.
Can you think of any reason why the system works that way? What would be wrong with letting both parties stage oversight in a situation like that?
Some forms of power can't be shared, of course. That doesn't seem to be true in this case. We have no idea why the power to stage an investigation can go to only one party. But as you know, that's the way it works.
Why haven't Democrats been able to investigate Donald J. Trump? Go ahead! Admit the truth! That question is blindingly obvious, but you've never seen it asked!
How rational are we rational animals? We ask, you decide.