FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2021
...and Rachel takes a pass: Early in April, cable viewers in Our Town were given the latest good news.
On this extremely rare occasion, we weren't told that Mueller or Vance or some other such person was about to lock Trump or Rudy or some other such person up. That's the kind of extremely good news our stars more routinely dispense.
On this occasion, the extremely good news involved an alleged important ruling. The alleged ruling had been handed down by the Senate parliamentarian, whoever that allegedly is.
As usual, the news we were handed was very good—the kind of news which keeps cable viewers coming back for more. Cable stars exulted about the alleged ruling—but at this site, we offered this:.
DAILY HOWLER (4/8/21): At the start of this week, the Senate parliamentarian, by all accounts, made a very significant ruling.
The ruling concerns the legislative procedure commonly known as "reconciliation." How important is this ruling believed to be?
The ruling is believed to be very important! But can anyone in the upper-end press corps explain what the ruling was?
Can anyone explain what the parliamentarian said? The answer seems to be no.
Behaving like a couple of clowns, Rachel and Lawrence spilled from their channel's Volkswagen bus, then pretended to explain the ruling. The pair gave a pair of clownish performances on Monday, April 5. Two nights later, Rachel offered an even more ridiculous endless attempt to explain the ruling
In theory, the parliamentarian had ruled that—oh, why even bother? We mention this matter today because the parliamentarian is now said to have issued another ruling.
This new ruling seems to undercut whatever she may have ruled back then, assuming that she actually ruled anything back then at all.
What has the parliamentarian newly ruled? At New York magazine, Eric Levitz addresses that question under this gloomy headline:
Parliamentarian Erects New Obstacle to Biden’s Agenda
Oof! Meanwhile, over at Slate, Jim Newell's headline renders its statement in the form of a question:
Did the Senate Parliamentarian Just Foil Chuck Schumer’s Plan to Beat the Filibuster?
To the extent that Schumer ever had any such (viable) plan, the answer may be yes!
For the record, Newell's report makes a striking claim. He says that Slate has "obtained a copy" of the parliamentarian's ruling.
Back in April, there was no sign that anyone had ever seen any such critter. That didn't keep Rachel and Lawrence from the ridiculous clowning in which: 1) they excitedly contradicted each other, without seeming to notice this fact, concerning what the ruling held; and 2) Rachel kept contradicting herself as she offered her filibuster-length explanations.
Back in April, there was a flurry of excitement about the parliamentarian's unseen ruling. Then, the topic disappeared. Until the last few days, this alleged original ruling had pretty much never been mentioned again. Our cable stars devised other ways to assure us that Our Town would win.
Now it turns out that, on May 28, the parliamentarian issued a new ruling—and the new ruling doesn't seem to convey good news.
Possibly for that reason, Rachel hasn't mentioned the new ruling this week. Based on a search of her transcripts, it's been crickets—though possibly not Brood X cicadas—pretty much all the way down.
On balance, cable news is a ratings-driven, silly-bill corporate con game. Here's our own best guess as to what what will happen this summer:
Trump will be reinstated to the White House, quite possibly in August. Following that, Mueller will be restored to his gumshoe post, and our favorite stars will tell us that Mueller is about to send Trump to jail.
UFOs may be involved. On cable, the news will almost surely be good. Imprisonment of those we loathe will be right around the corner again.
The real news—the fact that our system has already collapsed, with a silent secession already achieved—will be studiously avoided. Anthropologists could explain this rolling demise, but such experts won't be consulted.
Our Town's cable news is a sad, silly mess. According to several leading experts, our youthful analysts know what you need, but our cable stars know what you want!