Liberal scold on a plane: Frank Bruni got off to a very good start in today's New York Times. If not for the cheap shot he took last week, we'd be inclined to applaud him.
Bruni was discussing our liberal team's familiar ridiculous conduct. As conservatives are told (we liberals get shielded), there seems to be an endless supply of that.
Bruni cited one of the ways a dangerous crackpot like Donald J. Trump is able to stay afloat. Sadly, what he says here is accurate:
BRUNI (1/25/17): You know how Donald Trump wins? I don’t mean a second term or major legislative victories. I’m talking about the battle between incivility and dignity.Frank Bruni was getting it right!
He triumphs when opponents trade righteous anger for crude tantrums. When they lose sight of the line between protest and catcalls.
When a writer for “Saturday Night Live” jokes publicly that Trump’s 10-year-old son has the mien and makings of a killer.
“Barron will be this country’s first home-school shooter,” the writer, [Name Withheld], tweeted. I cringe at repeating it. But there’s no other way to take proper note of its ugliness.
Is there any end to the cringeworthy dumbness of our liberal tribemates? Conservatives get spoon-fed examples of ridiculous liberal conduct like this. At our for-profit liberal news orgs, we liberals get shielded from knowledge of conduct like this.
How clueless does somebody have to be to tweet something as foolish as that? We'll assume that Name Withheld is a good person who did something dumb. But is there any end to our team's relentless dumbness, which we increasingly develop and enjoy inside our low-IQ tribal bubble?
If not for Bruni's cheap shot last week, we'd almost want to applaud him. As he continued, he spoke about the gruesome hustler who damaged our interests last weekend:
BRUNI: Look elsewhere on Twitter. Or on Facebook. Or at Madonna, whose many positive contributions don’t include her turn at the microphone at the Women’s March in Washington, where she said that she’d “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” erupted into profanity and tweaked the lyrics to one of her songs so that they instructed Trump to perform a particular sex act.Once again, Bruni was getting it right.
What a sure way to undercut the high-mindedness of most of the women (and men) around her on that inspiring day. What a wasted opportunity to try to reach the many Americans who still haven’t decided how alarmed about Trump to be. I doubt that even one of them listened to her and thought: To the barricades I go! If Madonna’s dropping the F bomb, I must spring into action.
All of this plays right into Trump’s hands. It pulls eyes and ears away from the unpreparedness, conflicts of interest and extreme conservatism of so many of his cabinet nominees; from the evolving explanations for why he won’t release his tax returns; from his latest delusion or falsehood, such as his renewed insistence that illegally cast ballots cost him the popular vote; from other evidence of an egomania so profound that it’s an impediment to governing and an invitation to national disaster.
In our view, Donald J. Trump seems like a truly dangerous figure—until our tribe drags in a hack like Madonna to pimp her fading brand at the nation's expense. Fox then plays tape of her self-dealing hustle, and Trump starts looking good.
(We're sad to say that Ashley Judd wasn't a whole lot better. Will Dems and liberals ever stop getting burned by these tone-deaf Hollywood types?)
For decades, our team has reveled in the claim that we're the good, smart people. For whatever it's worth, we aren't!
A lot of crazies can be found Over There in the conservative camp. But as a trip down Comments Lane will reveal, our team is rich with ridiculous people too—and conservatives and undecideds are relentlessly told about that.
Madonna, Judd and Name Withheld are all public figures. Conservatives are also being told about the the liberal who police removed from a Baltimore-to-Seattle flight last weekend because she wouldn't stop haranguing and lecturing the flight's Trump voters.
Her husband had to leave too!
We'll assume that she's a very nice person who had an extremely ridiculous day. That said, for BuzzFeed's report, with videotape, you can just click here.
On Fox, conservatives are being shown that tape. They're being told that that's what Those People, The Liberals are like. Concerning the way this strikes other people, note the way the other passengers applaud as this thoughtful, smart, caring liberal is being removed from that plane.
(Fox plays tape of such incidents. In fairness, our impresarios do the same thing. Every time some conservative does something stupid, Josh Marshall hurries to tell us about it. As the nation slides toward the sea, it's how you make money on line.)
In truth, that woman's behavior is increasingly what We Liberals are like. For one more example, consider the ridiculous rant by Sally Boynton Brown, who is currently running for DNC Chair for some unimaginable reason.
Brown, a youngish white Idahoan, gave a ridiculous campaign speech on Monday in which she said, among other things, "My job is to listen [to minorities] and be a voice and shut other white people down when they want to interrupt." Also: "We have to teach [people] how to communicate, how to be sensitive and how to shut their mouths if they are white."
Given this ridiculous thinking, it's hard to know why Brown would run her white ascot for DNC chair against, let's say, Keith Ellison. But this is how politically clueless and totally weird we "liberals" increasingly are.
Needless to say, the tape of Brown is airing on Fox, and at RealClear Politics. At our orgs, we get shielded from hearing about this latest ridiculous conduct.
Bruni made some excellent points in this morning's column. We almost would have applauded, if not for the amazing cheap shot he aimed at Jenna Bush Hager.
Bruni, please! He opened with his cheap shot at Hager, then largely let a male movie star slide. Neither one had committed an offense which called for Bruni's ridiculous scolding.
Presumably, we all remember the early days of the liberal web, when ratty young liberal males got their rocks off, day after day, with misogynistic attacks against the young Jenna Bush and her appallingly female sister. Despite the praise we heap on ourselves, it was an early glimpse of how ratty we really are.
Inside our bubble, we're quite self-impressed. Again and again, it turns out that we're secretly dumb and perhaps not real nice. Fox plays the tape again and again. At our orgs, we never get told.
We play tape of their biggest nuts. To expand on Bruni's original point, the mutual loathing which results serves the interests of Trump.
Concerning Hager and Keaton: In separate episodes, each made a certain mistake at the Golden Globes. We wondered if this might mean that they were being fed bad info by some producer.
Aside from that, people do make mistakes! In response to this mistake, Bruni engaged in the type of stiff-necked scolding you might expect from Comey the God, or from the "liberal" web.