Another groaning example: How hapless is our mainstream/liberal pundit class? More specifically, to what extent are our liberal pundits robotically scripted—married to Storyline?
Your question is a good one! Sadly, the answer is painful.
Be sure to cover the children's eyes! Here's the way Molly Jong-Fast starts her new column at The Daily Beast:
JONG-FAST (8/13/20): No one was shocked by Joe Biden’s pick of California Senator Kamala Harris. For months people had guessed and assumed she would be Biden’s veep. The other names on the list didn’t seem to make much sense. Many of the women on it lacked the kind of visibility and excitement that Kamala innately possessed, not to mention Kamala’s digital army and heaps of charisma. But Kamala had been impressive, commanding, and serious in the debates. Some sexist pundits worried that she had been too commanding and impressive.That assessment could hardly be dumber. It's also scripted all the way down. Consider:
Is it true that Harris was "impressive, commanding, and serious in the debates?" (She participated in five.) If so, it's hard to understand why her standing in the polls kept going lower and lower as long as she stayed in the race.
Harris got a lot of attention after the first debate for her attack on Biden—her absurd attack about mandated busing in 1974.
In time, people began to notice that Harris had attacked Biden for failing to support a policy, more than four decades earlier, which she herself doesn't support in the present day. The sheer absurdity of that stance began to dawn on various people as the days and weeks dragged by.
Today, it's hard to find am account of that attack which hasn't been carefully sanitized. Scripted pundits agree to present the attack in a more favorable light—to talk about the knockout blow Harris almost delivered.
Did Harris do well at subsequent debates? As time went on, not really. When she left the race in late 2019, she was polling at roughly 3 percent.
In short, Jong-Fast's claim about those debates comes straight outta Storyline. Even more ridiculous is Jong-Fast's scripted chaser:
"Some sexist pundits worried that she had been too commanding and impressive."
In fact, Harris has been so commanding and so impressive that her support in the polls fell from 17% after that first debate to 3% after five. But according to Jong-Fast, you had to be a "sexist pundit" to deny how great she had been.
For ourselves, we hope that Harris' performance is stellar from here on out. In real time, we were struck by how superb her kick-off rally was—and by how horrible, and occasionally dishonest, her performance was after that.
Back, though, to the question at hand:
Our liberal team is very dumb—very dumb and totally scripted. The fact is, we've been this way for a very long way.
The dumbness of this pseudo-elite helps explain how a nightmare like Trump ever reached the White House. It's long past time when we in our self-impressed liberal world need to ponder these facts.