Case studies in liberal failure: It's amazing to see the kind of crap we liberals receive from our "intellectual leaders."
Consider Josh Marshall's web site, TPM. This morning, it offers us an inspirational news report by Nicole Lafond.
Lafond begins like this:
LAFOND (12/12/17): Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is not backing down from her efforts to hold President Trump accountable for the accusations of sexual misconduct against him.The report proceeds from there. Already, the post is inspirational, if your IQ is 10:
After Trump tweeted calling the senator names and suggesting that Gillibrand was once willing to “do anything” for campaign contributions from him, Gillibrand responded with a simple message: “You cannot silence me.”
Gillibrand has become a prominent force in combating sexual harassment and assault in Washington in recent weeks. She, along with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), introduced legislation last month that would overhaul the way Congress handles sexual harassment complaints. She was the first to call on her colleague, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), to resign after weeks of mounting allegations against him. On Monday, she called on Trump to resign the same day three of his accusers came forward to shed new light on their claims of sexual misconduct against the President.
Gillibrand isn't backing down! Donald J. Trump can't silence her!
This is the kind of drivel we're frequently served on the partisan Net and by liberal cable. It's designed to make us feel tribally strong, to keep us returning for more.
We had a different reaction. In our view, the key phrase there would be "in recent weeks." To wit:
"Gillibrand has become a prominent force in combating sexual harassment and assault in Washington in recent weeks."
In recent weeks? Far from being inspirational, that strikes us as part of the problem!
"In recent weeks," we've all learned about the ridiculous system in place in the Congress for dealing with sexual harassment. The system, such as it is, dates to 1995. Being sensible, we've wondered why fiery leaders like Gillibrand accepted that absurd arrangement all these years.
She's boldly fought back "in recent weeks?" To us, that sounds like an indictment. At TPM, it's supposed to make us feel bold, bright and good, through typical journo-signalling.
By the way, who is Nicole Lafond? She's three years out of Olivet Nazarene University (class of 2014).
To state the obvious, there's nothing wrong with being youngish or even young. Low salaries help Marshall swell his bottom line, an obvious tribal good. But it also raises the likelihood of liberals receiving silly pap from our fiery, play-for-pay web sites.
Gillibrand has emerged "in recent weeks?" Why isn't that part of the problem?
Later today: Teachout gets it right