FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2021
Pundits can't seem to quit Trump: Midway through Wednesday night's program, twenty-seven minutes into his hour, Brian Williams teased his upcoming segment.
Some will find it hard to believe, but this is what he said:
WILLIAMS (3/3/21): Coming up for us after this break, if Donald Trump really runs again, will Mike Pence still be his running-mate? New reporting on who else may be in the mix, believe it or not, after this.
A commercial break ensued. When Brian returned, he played tape of Donald J. Trump being applauded at Sunday's CPAC meeting.
After playing the tape, Brian began to speak. The chyron beneath him said this:
TRUMP FLIRTING WITH 2024 PRESIDENTIAL RUN
Yes, that's what the chyron said! Quoting an actual "news report," Williams offered this:
WILLIAMS: We're crunching the numbers—he seems to have won once.
If Trump does run again in 2024, the ticket may not include the loyal Mike Pence. Bloomberg News reporting today, quote:
"Privately, he’s discussed alternatives to Pence as he takes stock of who he believes stood with him at the end of his term and who didn’t. Trump advisers have discussed identifying a black or female running mate for his next run, and three of the people familiar with the matter said Pence likely won’t be on the ticket."
Among the names being floated, South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, South Carolina senator Tim Scott.
With that, Williams proceeded to a non-discussion discussion, forcing Stuart Stevens to opine about whether Donald J. Trump would run with Pence again.
(Of course not, Stevens said.)
Yes, this actually happened. You can read the full report from Bloomberg News just by clicking this. The byline on the important report names three (3) reporters.
To Brian's credit, he seemed to direct a sardonic tone at the ridiculous topic. But at New York magazine, Ed Kilgore, a very sane person, had devoted a full post to the burning question—a question which comes closer to the need for resolution with each passing hour and minute.
This is an established part of our utterly silly "news" culture. On cable, pundits routinely kill oodles of time speculating about which running-mate a presidential nominee might select.
Again and again, cable hosts waste their viewers' time, asking every national pol with a hint of a pulse if he or she thinks that he or she night be lucky enough to be the eventual choice.
That said, Wednesday's bundle of speculations broke the record for premature time-killing dumbness. Our pundits—or at least, their producers—just can't seem to quit Donald Trump. He's just too good for ratings.
Can it really be this dumb in the corporate sectors of Our Town? Yes, it actually can be. It can even go downhill from there!
With that in mind, consider this:
Today, Kilgore offers a gloomier post. Liberals and Democrats shouldn't expect to hold onto the House and the Senate in 2022, the gentleman might seem to suggest.
The gloomy fellow may be right. We'll offer a type of perspective on that general problem tomorrow.
In fairness, Wednesday's discussions were unusually foolish—but here in Our Town, the potential for jaw-dropping foolishness is pretty much always there.
Who will Trump choose for his next running-mate? No really—that's what they discussed!