MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020
How should we understand such peculiar behavior?: Last Thursday, at RNC headquarters, Sidney Powell was a key part of His Cousin Rudy's mascara runoff presser.
Over the weekend, Barrister Powell went too far. Without fully parsing the likely logic, the New York Times says this:
HABERMAN AND FEUER (11/23/20): President Trump’s campaign on Sunday disavowed Sidney Powell, one of his lawyers who has pushed false claims of voter fraud, after she made wild accusations that Republican officials had been involved in a payoff scheme to manipulate voting machines.
Appearing on the conservative network Newsmax on Saturday night, Ms. Powell further pushed the conspiracy theory, saying that two top Republicans in Georgia—Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger—were taking payoffs as part of the scheme, and that Representative Doug Collins of Georgia had in fact won his race for Senate against Senator Kelly Loeffler. (He did not; Ms. Loeffler’s race is heading to a runoff without Mr. Collins.) Ms. Powell said she planned to file a “biblical” suit in the state.
Why did this mean that it was time for the barrister Powell to go? Presumably, she had to go for the following reason:
The horrible Loeffler is on the ballot as one of the Republican nominees in January's Senate runoffs. But in her remarks to Newsmax, the barrister Powell turned Candidate Loeffler into one of the demon figures.
According to Powell, Loeffler is only on the ballot because Collins, her Republican opponent, was cheated out of his rightful victory on November 3. Presumably, this would make Republican voters less likely to want to vote for Loeffler.
For that reason, Powell had to go. Or so it makes sense to assume.
Past lunacies, including some involving QAnon, weren't enough to disqualify Powell from her spot on the legal team. But now, she was undermining a Republican candidate. Presumably, this led to her cancellation.
Meanwhile, how are we to understand the extremely strange behavior of a person like Powell? In fairness, such craziness has been general from the Trump legal team.
To what extent might psychiatric issues be involved when someone like Powell makes crazy statements and claims? Of one thing, you can feel certain:
Within the obsessively careful upper-end press corps, no one is going to ask!
Is something "wrong" with Sidney Powell? Within the upper-end mainstream press, questions like those violate clearly-established guild rules. It's a fairly obvious question, but no one is going to ask it.
Within the larger societal / cultural context, this is a cognitive fail. Our society hasn't evolved to the point where questions like those can be asked.