Carlson gets to be right: We liberals! Our corporate cable side gets dumber and uglier by the day. Below, you see the sort of behavior in which Don Lemon and CNN now traffic.
Rick Wilson did the honors. For the record, Wilson gets booked on tribal cable to do precisely this sort of thing:
LEMON (1/3/19): So, is [Nancy Pelosi] right, Rick, about the president's motives here? This wall is just to keep his base's attention of everything else.Wilson gets booked to provide such pleasures to our base—to make us laugh about "Donald Trump's ten-tooth base." This is the soul now of Lemon.
WILSON: Sure. Of course. But Don, the wall has always been a con for Donald Trump's credulous rube ten-tooth base. The wall has always been a scam. It has always been a lie. Nothing about the wall has ever been real. And Donald Trump knows it.
How bad does it get on our own cable side? So bad that, one night later, Tucker Carlson got to be right concerning this tribal garbage.
He started with these accurate statements about Wilson:
CARLSON (1/4/19): Now, Wilson is a semi-obscure consultant who has held just enough low-level political jobs that cable television producers can bill him as a "Republican strategist."Those were accurate comments about Wilson, a low-level slug who is now adored by our own tribe's cable bookers. After playing the tape of the "ten-tooth" remark, Carlson went on to say this:
Wilson seems to spend most of his life opining in one of those six-guest shout-fests in boxes that the other channels specialize in. He's often shouting the loudest. What makes Wilson notable is—like so many on the left—he moved on from hating Trump to hating the people who voted for Trump, which is to say a lot of the country.”
CARLSON: "His ten-tooth base!" Imagine mocking people who can’t afford to fix their rotting teeth. There are a lot of people like that in this country still, and many of them did vote for Donald Trump in the hope he would care about them or not rub their faces in their own poverty. What a cruel and awful thing to say.For the record, no one on any cable channel talks about cheaper dental or medical care outside the (very limited) context of some particular two-party fight. To all intents and purposes, discussion of such topics is essentially forbidden even at the New York Times. For reasons our corporate stars won't discuss, such discussions have long been verboten.
Did it ever occur to Rick Wilson that people are losing their teeth might benefit from cheaper dental care? Maybe Washington could help with that? But no, it’s easier to make fun of them and get rich doing it, something that Wilson specializes in.
Meanwhile, people watching the other channel get to see our own cable stars behaving as Wilson did. Then they see Carlson making perfectly accurate statements about the manifest ugliness to which corporate creeps like Lemon have now descended.
Carlson went on to critique Wilson's mandated remarks about the racism of Trump's voters. Being a man of taste and class, Wilson tweeted a thoughtful reply:
Spare me the phony drama. This is just one more example of how the MAGA tough guy crowd are the most delicate, whiny, punk-ass PC snowflakes ever created. They trash talk everyone else, and love Trump’s constant insults, vulgarities, and divisiveness but the minute the heat gets turned up they run to Mommy.Within the garbage-strewn mind of Wilson, he's simply "turning up the heat" when he starts counting the teeth of the other tribe's voters. This is the person our side now loves, at least on the corporate side.
How much does Lemon get paid to peddle this dreck? You aren't allowed to know that.
For extra credit only: Three weeks back, in the Sunday Outlook section, the Washington Post's Carlos Lozada reviewed some recent books by Wilson and his kind. Here are some of his comments on Wilson:
LOZADA (12/16/18): Wilson, a veteran Republican campaign strategist, cops to "a stirring bit of guilt" for his role in creating the "Frankenstein monster" that became the Republican base in the Obama years...[But] he spends nearly all 300-plus pages of his book blaming everyone else for the outcome of his experiment.This is the slimy fellow our tribe's corporate bookers now seem to adore. This is the shape of the sexual politics Over Here, within our own tents, on our own self-impressed side.
And he does so in the crudest terms. First there is Trump, whom Wilson never ceases to insult...He also trashes the Trump fans within the base he helped shape: "I know you're in an oxy stupor much of the time, so I'll try to move slowly and not use big words." Wilson attacks Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and Mike Pence, and he says Newt Gingrich "started twerking [for Trump] faster than a five-buck stripper." Such sexualized put-downs abound in Wilson's book. White House adviser Stephen Miller "needs to spend a week getting laid." Wilson finds Trump campaign adviser Carter Page "reeking of late-stage virginity." And the white-nationalist alt-right movement is a bunch of "pudgy white boys from lower-middle-class suburbs who couldn't find a woman's clitoris with a GPS and a magnifying glass."
(Wilson performed for Lemon on Wednesday and Thursday nights. On Thursday night, he performed for Lemon at 10 PM, for Brian Williams at 11. Last night he performed for Anderson Cooper. His is the garbage our corporate bookers very much seem to like.)