WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2022
But we have confirmation of what?: Last night, cable news viewers got to observe a moment of pure cable joy.
Right at the start of her "cable news" program, our tribe's biggest star was finally able to say it. She opened the program with the topic she loves most of all. Here are the key parts of what she said at the start of her program:
MADDOW (1/25/22): At last, we have confirmation of what we thought might be going on here.
Tonight, the story moves forward, thanks to a very rare interview that CNN scored with Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. CNN has now got the U.S. Justice Department commenting, on the record, for the first time, on the requests they have received from state attorneys general and others to investigate these forgeries—to investigate the Republican elector forgeries as possible federal crimes.
Monaco said, quote, “We’ve received those referrals. Our prosecutors are looking at those, and I can’t say anything more on ongoing investigations,”
So there it is! Welcome to the ongoing investigation phase, everyone!
"At last," we have confirmation, the cable star said. But we have confirmation of what?
Before we try to answer that question, let's take a look at the record:
For the record, MSNBC's onscreen clock said it was 9:02 P.M. at the point where the transcript we've provided leaves off.
By now, the cable star's program was a bit more than two minutes old—but the star had already used the term "forgery / forged" five separate times by this point!
As we've noted, the cable star had been flogging this beast with great abandon over the past several weeks. At last, we have confirmation, she said last night—and she opened her program with her report of Lisa Monaco's statement.
At last, we had confirmation! But we had confirmation of what?
For starters, consider Monaco's statement. The quoted statement was about as anodyne as any such statement can be:
Some referrals have been received, Monaco said—and they are being looked at.
That just isn't a very big deal at this particular point. In this morning's Washington Post, Matt Zapotosky starts by providing some basic background:
ZAPOTOSKY (1/26/22): Federal prosecutors are examining the decision by Republican electors in some states won by President Biden in 2020 to send in signed statements purporting to affirm Donald Trump as the victor of the election, a top Justice Department official said Tuesday.
Their actions were criticized at the time as a political stunt meant to bolster Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud. But they have drawn additional scrutiny in recent weeks, as the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol seeks to understand the origin of the Trump elector slates, and two Democratic attorneys general, in New Mexico and Michigan, have asked federal prosecutors to investigate whether the certifications could amount to a crime.
Let us translate for you:
Two Democratic attorneys general have found a way to finesse the politics of this tricky matter.
They've passed the matter along to the feds. This helps explain away the fact that they aren't charging these "Republican electors" with any state-level crimes.
The state AGs have passed it along. The DOJ is giving it a look. A year from now, a mumbled statement will emerge explaining why no federal charges have been advanced against the various (mostly little) people who signed those stupid statements.
In the meantime, we liberals just wanna have fun! And so we turn on cable each night, where Rachel says forgery forgery forged.
(Or possibly not! But this sort of fandango has occurred again and again and again over the past six years as blue tribe cable news has become a venue devoted to endless speculation and accusation concerning very bad crimes.)
Question! Did those "Republican electors" really believe that Trump had won their states?
If so, we think they were very dumb. But millions of people did (and still do) believe such claims, and there was no attempt in real time to hide what these "Republican electors" were doing and had done.
In real time, their signed statements were derided "as a [silly] political stunt." Thirteen months later, we liberals are looking for crimes!
No one was going to be deceived by the signed statements these people composed. Members of Congress weren't going to think that Trump really had won the state of Wisconsin, despite what they'd heard on CNN and read in the nation's newspapers.
No one was going to be deceived by those inaccurate claims. No one was going to think that those were the official declarations of the seven states in question.
For that reason, we have no idea why you'd want to say that those signed statements constituted "forgeries." Rather, we do know why you'd want to say that:
Forgery is a serious crime—and Rachel Maddow is strongly inclined to want to get Others locked up. This has long been a basic impulse for Maddow. She has betrayed this basic impulse for a large number of years.
At present, Maddow keeps going on the air and yelling forgery forgery. According to experts, this is the way we war-inclined humans are strongly wired to behave.
The weakest among us identify Others, and then we charge them with crimes. Maddow is strongly inclined in that direction. This robs her of insight.
"Forgery" sounds like a crime. That's why she keeps saying it. (That's why we all kept saying that Kyle Rittenhouse had "crossed state lines" on his way to Kenosha. Even though it was completely pointless, it had a wonderfully criminal feel.)
The wiring of our badly flawed brains inclines us in such ways. We're inclined to believe that the Others are evil, and to accuse them of crimes.
If they believed that Trump won their states, those people were very gullible. But so are we liberals, night after night, as we sit in front of our TV machines and swallow Our Own Scholar's guff.
Why would you call those signed statements "forgeries?" Maddow has never explained that point. She just keeps repeating the word!
One basic final point:
The wonderful words "forgery / forged" don't appear in the Post's report.
They don't appear in the corresponding report in today's New York Times. Nor did Monaco say those magical words.
The exciting word "forgery" doesn't appears in the Washington Post or the New York Times. Maddow had used the term five separate times by 9:02 last night!
Maddow wants to get people locked up. This has always been a key step on the road to national perdition—and, according to major experts, this unfortunate part of our human nature just isn't real likely to change.
The dumbest Others like to do this to Us. Our stars like to do it to Them.
Tomorrow: Drum's commenters talk about Others