TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2021
Even O'Donnell won't ask: In late September, we noted a fairly obvious point:
Stating the merely obvious, we said that Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) "seems to be mentally ill."
This week, Gosar has outdone even himself. Last night, Lawrence O'Donnell had Gosar's sister on his program. He teased her segment as shown:
O'DONNELL (9/8/21): And coming up, Arizona Republican Paul Gosar has tweeted his homicidal fantasies about killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and threatening the life of President Biden. Paul Gosar's sister, Jennifer Gosar, will join us next.
For a fuller report on what Rep. Gosar has done, you can just click this. Lawrence went into more detail s he brought Jennifer Gosar on:
O'DONNELL: Paul Gosar, no doubt with the help of his staff on the government payroll, created an animated video that shows him stabbing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to death in the back.
After he assassinates Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Paul Gosar then uses the same knives to threaten President Biden. Paul Gosar released that very same video on Instagram after releasing it on Twitter.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most threatened members of the House of Representatives. Twitter and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook and run by Mark Zuckerberg are allowing those videos to remain on their sites. They are aiding and abetting the deeply perverted homicidal fantasies of Paul Gosar.
Joining us now is Jennifer Gosar, Paul Gosar's sister.
Thank you very much for joining us tonight. I know this is difficult for you. You and your brother Tim have spoken about your brother Paul. What—what is wrong with him? And is it getting worse?
You'd almost think that O'Donnell was inquiring about a psychiatric condition. But Jennifer Gosar condemned her brother in moral terms, and Lawrence made no effort to take the discussion in a different direction.
We mention this for the following reason:
During the Trump presidency, O'Donnell was one of the very few mainstream journalists who were willing to speak to psychiatrists about Trump's apparent mental illness. He didn't do it nearly enough, but he did this on several occasions.
Last night, even Lawrence backed away from this approach. Rep. Gosar has long seemed to be some form of "mentally ill." But our mainstream press corps is bound and determined to avoid any such framework in discussing our failing national politics and with it our failing society.
The past six years has provided an education in the vast sweep of abnormal psychology, both within the national political leadership and within the electorate. That said, timorous journalists refuse to say as much and to broaden the public discussion.
This is one more aspect of our journalistic establishment's preference for "non-discussion discussions." We will say this for Jennifer Gosar:
Even as she condemned her brother in purely moral terms, Jennifer Gosar did expand the political discussion in the following way:
JENNIFER GOSAR (continuing directly): You know, yes, it's getting worse because he has not been held accountable in any way, shape or form. He has not been censured. He has not been expelled, and he has not had his seat forfeited by any of the leadership.
And by that, I don't mean to specify Minority Leader McCarthy and McConnell. I do mean Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I do mean Senate Leader Chuck Schumer. I do mean Attorney General Merrick Garland.
I mean, where are these people? Does he need to act on his sociopathic fantasy for Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? I am very concerned for she and other members. And this is absolutely unacceptable. I do not understand it. And I'm livid, Lawrence.
Jennifer Gosar referred to her brother's "sociopathic" impulse, but the suggestion that he is mentally ill ended right there. To her credit, Jennifer Gosar did something else, something you'll rarely see on MSNBC:
After slamming Kevin McCarthy for his inaction, she savaged Nancy Pelosi too. Breaking every rule of "tribal cable," she savaged someone from our own infallible tribe, over here where the good people live!
As we noted six weeks ago, Rep. Gosar rather plainly seems to be mentally ill. But so what? In one of their incessant imitations of life, our mainstream "journalists" refuse to discuss this obvious possibility.
Can our society survive this regime of highly determined, corporate-sponsored non-discussion discussion? Can we hope to survive these incessant "imitations of life?"
Can we survive this failing regime?
As Hemingway wrote in The Sun Also Rises, "Isn't it pretty to think so?" Isn't it pretty to keep pretending that this will all work itself out?