MONDAY, JULY 18, 2022
Secret Service steals Pence: We wish we could show you what Jonathan Lemire said about Mike Pence and the Secret Service.
The sidekick said it this very morning, during Morning Joe's first half hour. The program's producers didn't post the videotape, so let's just put it this way:
Like Harry Litman before him, Lemire seemed to be trying to create the appearance of yet another scandal. To our ear, he seemed to be trying to semi-suggest that Pence's Secret Service agents may have been in the plot on January 6—that Pence had to foil their plans.
That said, insinuations are everywhere at tribalized times like these. Here's what Benjamin Hart has said today at New York Magazine's Intelligencer site:
HART (7/18/22): The role of the Secret Service in the events of January 6 has come to the fore in recent testimony before the January 6 Committee. Star witness Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Tony Ornato, then a deputy White House chief of staff and previously the head of former president Trump’s security detail, told her that Trump was so upset that he couldn’t go to the Capitol on January 6 that he attempted to grab the steering wheel of a Secret Service vehicle. After Hutchinson’s testimony, anonymous sources disputed that Ornato had ever related such a story, but his status as a Trump loyalist raised skepticism about his credibility.
The committee has also detailed how Secret Service agents wanted to whisk former vice-president Mike Pence away from the violence at the Capitol on January 6, which would have prevented him from certifying the presidential vote. Pence refused to go.
So cool, and so exciting! Pence's agents "wanted to whisk [him] away from the violence at the Capitol on January 6." This "would have prevented him from certifying the presidential vote."
So cool! Of course, this would have "prevented him from certifying the vote" only until he was whisked back to the Capitol after the riot was over. Surely, we all can grasp this blindingly obvious fact.
Everything is always possible, but no serious person has ever cited any evidence suggesting that Pence's agents were in on the plot. That said, so what?
At times like these, the gods of Insinuation flood the earth with thrilling tribal dreams. These dreams are conveyed to a waiting world by people like Litman, Lemire and Hart. At present, a certain suggestion is taking shape as these dreams come forth.
It's hard to believe that we rational animals actually function this way. It's hard to believe that we function this way, but legions of disconsolate major experts all insist that we do!
Fuller disclosure: Remember, it's all anthropology now. According to experts, any hope of a sensible outcome vanished long ago. The goddess Athena's dream at the end of the The Odyssey has turned to dust once more!