Pepperidge Farm remembers...: Senator Johnson (R-Wisconsin) outraged all right-thinking people on yesterday's Meet the Press.
He did so in several different ways. One such way was by saying this:
JOHNSON (10/6/19): I don't trust those guys.It's not entirely clear what Johnson was saying, because he and Chuck Todd spent a vast amount of time interrupting each other.
Todd is being praised for his role in yesterday's fracas, but this new press culture is a highly unconstructive form of Creeping Cuomoism. Anyone who has watched Chris Cuomo pretend to interview Rudy Giuliani will possibly know what we mean.
(Earth to Chris: If that's the way folk talk in New York, folk should stop talking that way.)
At any rate, if you want to see what kind of transcripts result from Creeping Cuomoism, just click here, then marvel at the verbal shards which go on and on and on down the page as Todd and Johnson engage in their co-interruptions.
What did Johnson seem to be saying? He seemed to be saying that he doesn't trust the leadership of the FBI and the CIA. Among right-thinking people, this has been treated as an outrageous stance, but at one time, not too long ago, this would have been a typical stance from almost any liberal.
Is it possible that intelligence officials did something "wrong" in their approach to Candidate or Early President Trump? Of course it is, we're inclined to say, although we have no knowledge of any such misconduct.
We'll guess that these people, perfectly sensibly, saw Candidate, then President, Donald J. Trump as an impending disaster and as a threat to the nation. That said, who could possibly believe that an upstanding fellow like Comey the God would ever have acted inappropriately, no matter what he may have thought?
For ourselves, we'd like to see William Barr go ahead and do his freaking report. We're curious about the Maltese professor too; we're curious to see if Barr, or if U.S. attorney John Durham, can actually come up with any information about him.
Also, about Putin's smokin' hot "niece!"
Today's standard liberal takes a different approach. Tribally, we're committed to shutting inquiry down even before any results, absurd or otherwise, can even so much as get leaked.
That said, Donald J. Trump did get elected; he did appoint William Barr to serve as attorney general. We're curious to see what Barr comes up with, if anything, concerning any possible misconduct on the part of intelligence officials.
Others want to cover their ears. Our interpretation?
They know our tribe can't win a debate, at least not to a sufficient degree, if we think the results of this probe turn out to be blooey—that we haven't been able to win a debate going back many long years.
Among various ridiculous things, Johnson said he doesn't trust power. We can't swear that he should.