...with our favorite blogger: We're going to disagree today with our favorite blogger.
We'll disagree with Kevin Drum when he says, of Pamela Karlan's snarky comment involving Donald Trump's 13-year-old son, "There [was] nothing wrong with saying this."
We'll agree that there was nothing criminal involved in Karlan's masterful comment. We won't say the professor's remark was evil, deranged or demonic.
That said, we'll say the remark was in the neighborhood of "wrong," in two different ways:
First, it offended against a basic bit of public etiquette on which everyone has long since agreed. Everyone has long since agreed that people shouldn't go around making public comments which involve politicians' minor children.
This is a perfectly sensible piece of public etiquette. There are good reasons for this rule; it's good that people have agreed on it.
That said, it's typical of our liberal tribe's highest elites that you can't take them out for even one day without someone stepping outside this perfectly sensible rule. As we've encouraged you to notice, our ranking elites are like this.
That said, there's a second reason why the comment was wrong. It was wrong because comments like that can only help Donald J. Trump.
Not long ago, it was our hilarious liberal movie stars who could be relied upon to make some kind of half-assed comment which worked against the Democratic nominee during close election campaigns.
Usually, they would make their inappropriate remarks at major fund-raisers. In one campaign, it was Whoopi Goldberg. The next time, it was Larry David.
Back then, when the silly news cycle moved more slowly, these ill-considered jokes at major public events really did undermine campaigns for days at a time. Karlan's remark will disappear faster today, but our liberal ranks are crammed with public figures who will be strongly inclined to make the next unhelpful, unwise public comment.
At this site, we deeply resent these pampered, largely useless people. It isn't just the stunning lack of contribution these poodles have tended to make down through the years. It's the reliable way they'll shoot off their mouths at the most inopportune times.
Karlan's remark may not change any votes. But don't worry! If she ever gets the chance to screw up worse, we can feel fairly sure that she'll take it. It's the way these dinosaurs roll.
Meanwhile, might we turn to this morning's New York Times to focus on what really matters? In today's hard-copy "The 45th President: Impeachment" section, Vanessa Friedman takes us where the rubber hits the road, headline included:
FRIEDMAN (12/6/19): Nancy Pelosi and the Persistent White PantsuitFriedman knows we don't want to hear it. But these flyweights simply can't stop.
The white pantsuit has become, against all odds, one of the most powerful emblems in Washington, D.C.
I know, I know. You’re thinking: not again! Not another story about a white pantsuit! But there’s no escaping it. That is the point.
It has become a statement in itself, layered in meaning and nuance...
On and on and on she goes, sitting atop the second page of today's National section. This is all these idiots know how to do. It's all they care about.
This is a substantial part of the way we got where we are. At some point, intelligent people ought to insist that that these sub-royals stop.