We'll add to what she said: We're happy to be making this statement:
This afternoon, at the Washington Post, Alyssa Rosenberg has gotten it right!
She starts by making an obvious point. We'll add to what she says:
ROSENBERG (12/5/19): Let us begin with the abundantly obvious, since apparently we need to do that these days: It was a bad joke and an incredibly boneheaded strategy.We agree with Rosenberg. What she says in that passage is abundantly obvious. Unfortunately, Karlan became the gift that gave to the Donald Trump White House.
For some reason, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan thought it was clever to tell the House Judiciary Committee during her Wednesday testimony that “While the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron.” There are more direct ways to say that even if President Trump doesn’t recognize them, there are limits on his power. There are definitely jokes to make about the president’s taste for the imperial that don’t require contorting the spelling of his youngest child’s name.
But if her aim was to hand her critics ammunition, Karlan’s decision to invoke Trump’s kid was the equivalent of backing up a dump truck’s worth of fully loaded magazines right onto the White House lawn. Her halfhearted apology—“It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that are wrong. But I do regret having said that.”—didn’t much help.
That said, Rosenberg goes on to batter various GOP hacks for acting like the world came to an end when Karlan gave them their gift. "Because we live in an era when everything has to be as stupid and mendacious as possible, the Trump administration jumped all over the opportunity that Karlan gave it," Rosenberg said. She got that right too!
That said, we'll add one point. It's a point we made just a day or two ago:
Our several hapless liberal elites badly need to get over themselves. They never will do so, of course, and this helps explain why Donald J. Trump may win re-election.
These clueless people badly need to get over themselves. One day, they're writing headlines in which the first lady is said to look "ridiculous." The next day, they're issuing scratchy jokes about her 13-year-old son.
When criticized, they issue the kind of finger-pointing apology our tribe has complained about forever. Then they start over again.
These are terribly cosseted people—pompous, unhelpful, unwise. They're overpaid and vastly overpraised. Professor Karlan's witticism was seized upon, but trust us:
Every time Professor Feldman opened his mouth, some Trump voter got his wings!
They're a pampered, uncomprehending mess. Our team is unable to see this.