WAR AND TOWN: McConnell offers a gift to Our Town!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021

Only O'Donnell accepts it: In this morning's Washington Post, it's a front-page topic. The front-page headline says this:

Trump calls McConnell a ‘hack,’ vows fight for party

Yesterday, the former commander hit Mitch McConnell hard. The New York Times, in its infinite wisdom, placed its report on page A13, inside its National section.

On page A12, the featured report in the National section concerns the way barricades are coming down in the streets around Trump Tower. After exploring that "national" topic, the Times reported the former commander's attack on McConnell: 

Trump, in Scorching Attack on McConnell, Urges G.O.P. to Replace Him
The former president, breaking an unusually long silence, called the Senate minority leader a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack” and called on Republicans in the chamber to find a new leader.

It wasn't just an attack on McConnell. Quite correctly, the Times described it as a scorching attack!

McConnell is the highest ranking Republican in the federal government.  Why did the former commander launch this scorching attack?

Duh! The commander launched his attack because McConnell had offered Our Town a gift. He did so late Saturday afternoon, when he rose to speak after Trump escaped "conviction" in a 57-43 Senate vote.

Fifty-seven senators favored conviction; McConnell voted "not guilty." At that point, he rose to speak—and he offered a gift to Our Town.

McConnell savaged the former commander up one side and down the other. Potentially, this was a major gift to Our Town—but as we'll note in the next few days, only O'Donnell noticed.

Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell took to the air at 10 o'clock Eastern. Right from the start, he recorded his reactions to McConnell's speech—the speech which has the former commander so upset.

Lawrence focused on McConnell's speech.  This is the way he began:

O'DONNELL (2/16/21): On Saturday, after the nine House impeachment managers left the Senate chamber after winning the largest number of bipartisan guilty votes in the history of presidential impeachment trials, it suddenly sounded as if they had left one impeachment manager behind.

What species of impeachment manager had been left behind in the Senate? Lawrence then cut to videotape of Mitch McConnell! McConnell was shown saying this:

MCCONNELL: There’s no question—none—that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it.

The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president, and having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated president kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth. 

The issue is not only the president's intemperate language on January 6th. It is not just his endorsement of remarks in which an associate urged, quote, “trial by combat”. It was also the entire manufactured atmosphere of looming catastrophe, the increasingly wild myths about a reverse landslide election that was somehow being stolen, some secret "coup" by our now-president.

Yes, that was clearly Mitch McConnell making those startling remarks! To read or watch full speech, just click here

Rather clearly, McConnell was saying that the former commander was "practically and morally responsible for provoking" the assault on the Capitol Building. 

He referred to "the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole" which the former commander loosed on the nation after November's election. 

He referred to "the increasingly wild myths about a reverse landslide election that was somehow being stolen." Skillfully using all his words, he didn't seem to feel the need to employ the childish term, "lies."

 In the greatest insult of all, he referred to Donald J. Trump as "defeated president." Later, twisting the knife, he even referred to Joseph R. Biden as "our now-president."

Mitch McConnell had actually made those remarkable statements! But among the corporate-paid cable stars who dominate discourse here  in Our Town, only O'Donnell had noticed.

In truth, O'Donnell slightly overstated the extent to which these remarks "suddenly" came on. After the impeachment vote, Senator Schumer delivered a speech before McConnell spoke. 

Senator Schumer delivered a speech—a speech we'll disparage on Friday. But McConnell gave the much more important speech, a point only Lawrence noticed.

As he continued, Lawrence noted the fact that McConnell had voted against conviction. Somehow, he managed to avoid staging a mandated performative nervous breakdown in reaction to this vile fact.

Instead, he focused on what McConnell had said in his address. McConnell had "agree[d] with every word the House managers said in their presentation of evidence," O'Donnell correctly said.

With that, he played more videotape. McConnell was shown saying this:

MCCONNELL: The president did not act swiftly. He did not do his job. He didn’t take steps so federal law could be faithfully executed and order restored. No, instead, according to public reports, he watched television happily as the chaos unfolded. He kept pressing his scheme to overturn the election. Now, even after it was clear to any reasonable observer that Vice President Pence was in serious danger, even as the mob carrying Trump banners was beating cops and breaching perimeters, their president sent a further tweet, attacking his own vice president.

Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow! To be perfectly honest, McConnell may have imputed more guilt to the former commander than we feel sure that the record supports.

McConnell even credited fuzzy news reports as he attacked the commander. When that videotape ended, Lawrence said this:

O'DONNELL (continuing directly): No Republican  who voted "not guilty" dared to come to the Senate floor after that to say that Mitch McConnell was wrong. Senator Cruz, Senator Hawley, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Rand Paul—none of those Trumpist extremists dared to say that Mitch McConnell was wrong about the evidence in the case, [that] House managers did not prove what Mitch McConnell says that they did prove.

O'Donnell then cited the unpleasant remarks in which McConnell pictured future prosecution of Trump.  He said that those remarks undercut Graham's plan to attack Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland at next week's confirmation hearings—to attack him concerning the possibility of future prosecution of Trump 

McConnell's remarks had been a gift to Biden, O'Donnell basically said. 

Ten minutes into the program, O'Donnell was speaking to David Cicilline, one of the House impeachment managers. He recalled his reaction upon first gazing on McConnell's address:

"To my shock and amazement, Mitch McConnell stood up, and by the time he was three or four sentences into it, I was absolutely stunned by what I was seeing." Thus spake Lawrence O'Donnell, concerning the fact of this unexpected Magi's gift.

On Saturday, we watched those speeches too. We won't say that we were stunned by what McConnell said, but we very much sat up and took notice when McConnell delivered his gift.

Excitement faded in our halls as soon as Our Town's liberal pundits came on. A group of seven corporatized hacks were soon staging performative breakdowns, sucking the air from the room.

Concerning these comments, note this:

Remember, we're now offering anthropology at this incomparable site. We think there's nothing else left to discuss. It's all anthropology now.

With that in mind, we'll tell you this. According to the experts with whom we consult, the seven pundits to whom we refer showed us the way our species is wired.

We're wired to loathe The Others, full stop, or so these top scholars have told us. According to these credentialed experts, we humans are wired to get ourselves killed after we've marched off to war.

Tomorrow: The less than magnificent "cable news" seven. But slso, Senator Tester!

Friday: Schumer, amazingly wrong


17 comments:

  1. tl;dr.
    You know, dear Bob, the only thing more idiotic than your liberal cult's psycho-zombie talking points, is endlessly analyzing your liberal cult's psycho-zombie talking points.

    'nuff said.

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    1. Sooner or later the liberal psycho-zombie cult could stupidly and quixotically storm a Capitol like your stupid and quixotic MAGA psycho-zombie cult did.

      Maybe the liberal psycho-zombies will stupidly self immolate their cult in six hours like the MAGA psycho-zombie cult stupidly self immolated their zombie cult in six hours. Will liberals follow in the footsteps of the world's most idiotic psycho-zombie cult? Who knows?

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  2. Much as I hate to disagree with thought leader O’Donnell, does his view actually make sense?

    Did McConnell’s speech really “undercut Graham's plan to attack Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland at next week's confirmation hearings”? That strikes me as unlikely. McConnell has seldom restrained other Republicans from being assholes.

    And so what if Graham attacks Garland or not? The Dems have the votes to confirm.

    And now, with Trump’s attack on Mcconnell, that gives Graham even more freedom to attack Garland. It also renders this moot, if it was ever true to begin with: “No Republican  who voted "not guilty" dared to come to the Senate floor after that to say that Mitch McConnell was wrong.” Many GOP Senators were denouncing the impeachment even after that speech, denying there was even any insurrection. McConnell was censured by his own Kentucky GOP.

    Perhaps McConnell gave the speech in order to help Biden. If so, that would be a remarkable change from his treatment of Obama. Maybe it was borne of a genuine hatred of Trump, which drives a willingness to help Biden. I am skeptical that McConnell wants to help any Democrat, however.

    I also think it’s perfectly appropriate for Democrats and “pundits” to hurl opprobrium at McConnell, because he has earned it, his supposed “gift” in this matter notwithstanding.

    But this is the kicker:
    “Schumer, amazingly wrong”

    Did it not occur to Somerby that Schumer and McConnell might have spoken ahead of time, that Schumer, the majority leader, helped engineer McConnell’s “gift?”

    Think about the issue of witnesses at the trial, and add that into your brilliant analysis, which never strays from “liberals dumb.”

    We are witnessing an implosion in the GOP, and I think McConnell is trying to salvage it.

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  3. Are liberals supposed to be nice to McConnell because he possibly but rather implausibly made it harder for Lindsey Graham to attack Merrick Garland? Really?

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  5. How is telling an "increasingly wild myth" any better a description of Trump's untruths than the word "lies"?

    I think Somerby needs to deconstruct this.

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  6. "Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow! To be perfectly honest, McConnell may have imputed more guilt to the former commander than we feel sure that the record supports."

    This is called an understatement. Not only has Somerby spoken against impeachment, but he has never deplored what Trump ordered his minions to do.

    Somerby won't believe something happened unless he sees the videotape himself, won't accept that someone said something without a transcript. His excessive literality extends to only believing what he hears and sees himself, not accepting testimony of anyone else. And with regard to the insurrection, where there is plenty of video and audio recording, Somerby won't accept it as true. In that way, he would allow Trump to skate. Somerby's excuse is worse than McConnell's technicality.

    It amuses me to imagine the voir dire that would occur when trying to seat Somerby on any jury. He would, of course, be kicked immediately because there is no evidence he would accept and thus could not reach a decision. That's assuming his objections here are not subterfuge intended to support Trump while maintaining the fiction that Somerby is any kind of liberal.

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